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Two bowl barrows 400m north of Milgate Farm in Reinden Wood

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: Two bowl barrows 400m north of Milgate Farm in Reinden Wood

List entry Number: 1012278


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

County: Kent

District: Shepway

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Hawkinge

County: Kent

District: Shepway

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Swingfield

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 19-May-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Feb-1991

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 12809

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.

The Reinden Wood barrows are large and well preserved examples which show no signs of having been dug into and which therefore have a particularly high archaeological potential.


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The monument includes a pair of circular barrows, each of which comprises an earthen mound and an encircling ditch. The mound of the north-eastern example measures 33m in diameter and survives to a height of just under 2m at its summit. On the north side the mound has been truncated slightly by a metalled road which overlies the ditch on this side. On the east side where it is most easily visible, the ditch measures some 7m from inner to outer edge. The second of the pair, the centre of which lies just 35m south-west of the other, is the smaller of the two. Its mound measures 30m across and stands to 1.8m. The surrounding ditch has been completely infilled by erosion from the mound so that it is not visible as an earthwork. The fence on the northern side of the monument, together with the metalling of the road, is 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

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

National Grid Reference: TR 21311 40998


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