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

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012278

Date first listed: 19-May-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Feb-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 400m north of Milgate Farm in Reinden Wood
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Location

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County: Kent

District: Shepway (District Authority)

Parish: Hawkinge

County: Kent

District: Shepway (District Authority)

Parish: Swingfield

National Grid Reference: TR 21311 40998

Summary

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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.

History

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Details

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 12809

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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

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