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Bowl barrow south east of Rectory Lane

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow south east of Rectory Lane

List entry Number: 1011769

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Kent

District: Canterbury

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Barham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 06-Jun-1995

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 25470

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 tree growth, the bowl barrow south east of Rectory Lane survives well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. To the north east are several further bowl barrows of broadly contemporary date, a trackway of prehistoric origin and a barrow field dating to the early medieval period, which are the subjects of separate schedulings. The close association of these monuments provides evidence for the continuing importance of this area for burial practices over a period of around 3,000 years.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated just below the summit of a chalk rise which forms part of the Kent Downs. The barrow has a roughly circular mound 15m in diameter and surviving to a height of c.1.2m, surrounded by a ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. This has become infilled over the years, and survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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.

Selected Sources

Other
Title: TR 2150 Source Date: Author: Publisher: Surveyor: 1:2500

National Grid Reference: TR 21223 50654

Map

Map
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