Bowl barrow in Millpond Wood


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008015

Date first listed: 16-Mar-1994


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Kent

District: Sevenoaks (District Authority)

Parish: Sevenoaks

National Grid Reference: TQ 53813 56619


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Reasons for Designation

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.

Despite partial excavation, the bowl barrow in Millpond Wood survives comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence realting to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a prominent sandy ridge. The barrow has an oval mound 33m east-west by 28m north-south and is 1.8m high. Surrounding this is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. Although no longer visible at ground level, having become infilled over the years, the ditch survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. The barrow was partially excavated in the 1890s when traces of a cremation burial were discovered beneath the mound. Hundreds of pieces of worked flint and tools dating to the Mesolithic period were also discovered in the make-up of the mound and surrounding area, showing that the barrow was constructed on a much earlier flint-working site. Excluded from the scheduling are all fences and fence posts although the ground beneath them is included.

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.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 23015

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
'Archaeologia Cantiana' in Archaeologia Cantiana, , Vol. 39, (1927)
Abbott, W L, 'Journal of Anthropology' in Wilderness Barrow, , Vol. 25, (1895)

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