Bowl barrow 270m north of Grim's Ditch, near Tidpit Common

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011002

Date first listed: 01-Feb-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Aug-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 270m north of Grim's Ditch, near Tidpit Common
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Location

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County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: Martin

National Grid Reference: SU 06018 18434

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.

The barrow 270m north of Grim's Ditch near Tidpit Common Down is well preserved as one of the numerous Bronze Age monuments constructed on Martin Down. These have recently been the subject of a detailed survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Despite evidence of antiquarian excavation, the monument will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction and use.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow north of Grim's Ditch where it runs west towards Bokerley Dyke from Tidpit Common Down. The barrow lies on the lower part of a north facing slope and is within the Martin Down National Nature Reserve. The barrow has a mound 13m in diameter and c.1.2m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has largely become infilled over the years but survives as a shallow depression 0.1m deep and 2.5m wide at the south, upslope, side of the barrow. The surface of the mound is irregular and may indicate the site of antiquarian excavation, of which there are no known records.

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: 25601

Legacy System: RSM

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