Bowl barrow 200m west of Barrowhills
- 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.
- Runnymede (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SU 98868 65671
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
The bowl barrow 200m west of Barrowhills survives well and is one of the largest examples in Surrey. It contains both archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed and, along with other burial mounds in the vicinity, it provides an insight into the occupation and settlement of the area during the Bronze Age period.
The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of an original group of three,
situated on the crest of a rise in the Bagshot series of sands and gravels.
The barrow has a mound 39m in diameter and 2m high, surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This has become partially infilled over the years but is visible as
an earthwork to the east of the mound 0.3m deep and between 3m and 4m wide;
the remainder survives as a buried feature.
The three mounds were noted in the 13th century in a copy of the charter of
Chertsey Abbey as the 'Threm Burghen'. A Bronze Age spearhead was discovered
when one of the barrows was cut into c.1930.
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.
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Books and journals
'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Archaeological Collections, , Vol. 45, (1937), 166
Corner, G R, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Archaeological Collections, , Vol. 1, (1858), 85
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