Two bowl barrows 660m north-east of Little Dilton Farm forming part of Beaulieu Airfield round barrow cemetery

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009975

Date first listed: 20-Jul-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 660m north-east of Little Dilton Farm forming part of Beaulieu Airfield round barrow cemetery
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Location

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County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: East Boldre

National Park: NEW FOREST

National Grid Reference: SU 33814 00627

Summary

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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.

History

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Details

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 20242

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Darvill, T.C., Monument Class Description - Round Barrow Cemeteries, 1988,
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU30SW21,

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