Bowl barrow 350m south west of Upper Digges Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012225

Date first listed: 24-Feb-1955

Date of most recent amendment: 06-Feb-1991


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 350m south west of Upper Digges Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Kent

District: Canterbury (District Authority)

Parish: Adisham

National Grid Reference: TR 21299 50795


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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 the spreading of the Upper Digges Farm barrow in the course of agricultural activities, the monument retains significant archaeological potential in that the original ground surface below the mound and the burials which were placed in pits below ground level are likely to survive undisturbed by ploughing, as is the surrounding ditch. These locations will hold evidence of the manner and duration of use of the monument as well as of the environment in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a Bronze Age barrow which comprises an earthen mound and an encircling ditch. The mound survives as a low, circular rise, up to 1m high and 32m in diameter, in an arable field. It is clearly visible as a dark soil mark in the chalk-rich field. Of the surrounding ditch nothing is visible and it is likely that the mound, which was formerly considerably higher, has been spread over the ditch in the course of agricultural activity, disguising it completely.

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: 12810

Legacy System: RSM


Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,

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