Bowl barrow 200m from Stone Street, one of six in West Wood


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012206

Date first listed: 15-Jan-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1991


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 200m from Stone Street, one of six in West Wood
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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: Lyminge

National Grid Reference: TR 13655 43040


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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 barrow 200m from Stone Street is the best surviving example of the group in West Wood, exhibiting both a prominent mound and a clearly visible ditch. As the most intact of the group, it holds considerable archaeological potential for the recovery of evidence of the manner and duration of its use, as well as of the environment in which it was constructed. The group of which the barrow is a member illustrates the importance of the locality for burials in the Bronze Age.


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This example lies 120m east of its nearest neighbour on the western side of West Wood, 200m from Stone Street. The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises an earthen mound and an encircling ditch. The mound measures 22m in diameter and survives to an impressive height averaging 2.2m above the level of the surrounding, slightly sloping, land. The surrounding ditch, which is most easily visible on the western side, occupies the area within 5m of the foot of the mound. It was dug to provide the earth and flint rubble for the construction of the mound. The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 32m.

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: 12814

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Spurrell, F, 'Arch Journal' in Arch Journal, , Vol. 40, (1883), 292
Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,

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