Bowl barrow at Minnis Beeches


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011766

Date first listed: 22-May-1995


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

County: Kent

District: Shepway (District Authority)

Parish: Swingfield

National Grid Reference: TR 21326 42443


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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.

Despite some disturbance by cultivation and the construction of the A260, the bowl barrow at Minnis Beeches survives comparatively well and contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. Around 140m to the south west is a further bowl barrow of broadly contemporary date, which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The close association of these monuments provides evidence for the importance of this area for funerary practices during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on a ridge of the Kent Downs. The barrow has a large, circular mound 30m in diameter and c.1m high, surrounded by a ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. The ditch, which has been partially damaged on its north western side by the construction of the A260 road, has become infilled over the years, and survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The modern road surface, and the modern fences which cross the monument, are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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.


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Legacy System number: 25467

Legacy System: RSM

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