Bowl barrow 400m north-east of the sewage works: one of a group of four bowl barrows on Witley Common

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009506

Date first listed: 13-Oct-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 400m north-east of the sewage works: one of a group of four bowl barrows on Witley Common
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Location

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County: Surrey

District: Waverley (District Authority)

Parish: Witley

National Grid Reference: SU 92183 40054

Summary

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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 some evidence of partial excavation, the bowl barrow on Witley Common 400m north-east of the sewage works survives comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. As one of a group of four closely spaced bowl barrows, it contributes to a valuable insight into the nature and scale of human occupation in the area during the Bronze Age period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a slight north-facing rise on the Lower Greensand and is one of a group of four bowl barrows, three of which are within 50m of each other. The barrow has a mound 24m in diameter and 1.2m high with a hollow in the centre which suggests that it was once partially excavated. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer visible from ground level having become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m in diameter.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 20154

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in An Analysis And List Of Surrey Barrows, , Vol. 42, (1934), 60

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