Bowl barrow 730m south west of the unfinished hillfort on Ladle Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012036

Date first listed: 11-Apr-1934

Date of most recent amendment: 27-Sep-1995


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 730m south west of the unfinished hillfort on Ladle Hill
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: Basingstoke and Deane (District Authority)

Parish: Litchfield and Woodcott

National Grid Reference: SU 47256 56241


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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.

Much of the archaeological landscape of Ladle Hill and the surrounding downs is preserved as earthworks or crop- or soil-marks, which together will provide a detailed understanding of the nature and development of agriculture, land use and settlement on the north Hampshire downs. The barrow 730m south west of the unfinished Iron Age hillfort is part of the wider distribution of monuments of Bronze Age and later date on the downs around Ladle Hill. Despite the levelling of the barrow mound, the infilled quarry ditch and features underneath the mound will survive, containing archaeological and environmental information relating to the construction and use of the barrow.


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The monument includes a levelled Bronze Age bowl barrow on Great Litchfield Down, situated c.730m south west of the unfinished Iron Age hillfort on the summit of Ladle Hill. The barrow is on a gentle slope not far from the steep western scarp of Great Litchfield Down. The barrow was described as formerly having a mound c.14.65m in diameter and c.0.6m high. Surrounding the area of the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2.5m wide. The overall diameter of the barrow, including the ditch, is 17.25m. All fencing and associated posts are excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath them 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.


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

Legacy System number: 25614

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Piggott, S, 'Antiquity' in Ladle Hill-an unfinished hillfort, , Vol. 5, (1931), 485

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