Bowl barrow 210m north east of the junction of Grim's Ditch and Bokerley Dyke on Blagdon Hill

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011003

Date first listed: 01-Feb-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Aug-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 210m north east of the junction of Grim's Ditch and Bokerley Dyke on Blagdon Hill
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Location

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

County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: Martin

National Grid Reference: SU 05783 18194

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 bowl barrow 210m north east of the junction of Grim's Ditch and Bokerley Dyke on Blagdon Hill survives well 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 barrow and quarry ditch will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to its construction and use.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow on a north facing spur of Blagdon Hill, within the Martin Down National Nature Reserve. The barrow has a mound c.10m in diameter and up to 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 depression c.2.25m wide and 0.3m deep at the south and west sides of the barrow; elsewhere it survives as a buried feature. A large depression in the barrow mound marks the probable 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: 25602

Legacy System: RSM

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