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Two bowl barrows in Plumley Wood, 800m and 850m south of decoy pond, on Cranborne Common

A Scheduled Monument in Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley, New Forest

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Latitude: 50.8903 / 50°53'25"N

Longitude: -1.8455 / 1°50'43"W

OS Eastings: 410962.4082

OS Northings: 110100.7338

OS Grid: SU109101

Mapcode National: GBR 425.2U7

Mapcode Global: FRA 760R.BTX

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows in Plumley Wood, 800m and 850m south of decoy pond, on Cranborne Common

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018756

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31909

County: New Forest

Civil Parish: Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Hyde with Ellingham and Harbridge

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl
barrows aligned broadly east-west, situated on a prominent ridge with
panoramic views. The barrows were recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1959.
Each has a mound composed of sand, earth and turf, with maximum dimensions of
20m in diameter and about 1.2m in height. Surrounding each mound is a ditch
from which material was quarried during their construction. These have become
infilled over the years, but each will survive as a buried feature 2m wide.

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

Despite some disturbance by tree planting operations and the partial levelling
of the periphery of the eastern barrow by a forest track, the two bowl barrows
in Plumley Wood 800m and 850m south of decoy pond on Cranborne common survive
comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. These
are two of a number of barrows surviving in this area of Ringwood Forest.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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