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Bowl barrow at Ashley Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Godshill, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9279 / 50°55'40"N

Longitude: -1.7077 / 1°42'27"W

OS Eastings: 420640.140722

OS Northings: 114314.393993

OS Grid: SU206143

Mapcode National: GBR 533.M34

Mapcode Global: FRA 769N.BKD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Ashley Cross

Scheduled Date: 27 October 1970

Last Amended: 19 March 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018068

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12126

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Godshill

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the crest of a ridge in an area of
open New Forest heathland. The barrow mound is 2m high and 16m in diameter and
is surrounded by a quarry ditch visible as an earthwork 2.5m wide.
The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 21m.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
protection.

This barrow survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental
evidence relating to its use and the surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England

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