This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Bowl Barrow 225m S of Tolsford Hill telecommunications mast

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 225m S of Tolsford Hill telecommunications mast

List entry Number: 1012269

Location

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

County: Kent

District: Shepway

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Lyminge

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 19-Oct-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Feb-1991

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 12806

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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 limited damage to the monument near the Tolsford mast caused by small-scale partial excavation and by agricultural activity, the monument retains considerable archaeological potential through the survival of much of the barrow mound, the original ground surface below the mound and the lower parts of the surrounding ditch, evidence from all of which can contribute to an understanding of the date, manner and duration of use of the monument and of the environment in which it was constructed. This monument is also one of a small cluster of barrows on Tolsford Hill which point to the importance of the locality in the Bronze Age.

History

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Details

The monument includes the mound and encircling ditch of a barrow or burial mound which dates from the Bronze Age. The mound measures some 7m in diameter and stands to a height of 1.6m above the level of the ground. There is a trace of the surrounding ditch in the form of a slight hollow area some 2m across, most easily visible on the western side. Agricultural activity has truncated the barrow mound so that a gap of 2m exists between the barrow mound and its ditch. The overall diameter of the monument is therefore judged to be 25m. The surface of the mound shows evidence of small-scale partial excavation but no records survive to describe the nature of any finds. The barrow mound is marked on the eastern and western sides by star-shaped signs, which are excluded from the scheduling.

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

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

National Grid Reference: TR 15962 38634

Map

Map
© Crown Copyright and database right 2017. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2017. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1012269 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 22-Nov-2017 at 12:52:10.

End of official listing