Two bowl barrows 660m north-east of Little Dilton Farm forming part of Beaulieu Airfield round barrow cemetery
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- New Forest (District Authority)
- East Boldre
- National Park:
- NEW FOREST
- National Grid Reference:
- SU 33814 00627
Reasons for Designation
Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.
The two bowl barrows 660m north-east of Little Dilton Farm are part of a round barrow cemetery in the New Forest, an area known to have been important in terms of lowland Bronze Age occupation. A considerable amount of archaeological evidence has survived in this area because of a lack of agricultural activity, the result of later climatic deterioration, development of heath and the establishment of a Royal Forest.
This monument includes two small bowl barrows situated on lowland heath. The
northern barrow mound measures 4m in diameter and stands up to 0.3m high.
Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was
quarried during the construction of the mound, surrounds the barrow. This has
become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.1m wide.
The second barrow mound measures 5m in diameter, 0.3m high and is surrounded
by a ditch surviving as a buried feature c.1m wide. This monument is part of
the Beaulieu Airfield round barrow cemetery.
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:
- Legacy System:
Darvill, T.C., Monument Class Description - Round Barrow Cemeteries, 1988,
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU30SW21,
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing