Bowl barrow, the southernmost of six in Eggringe Wood


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012335

Date first listed: 17-Jan-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Jul-1991


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow, the southernmost of six in Eggringe Wood
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Kent

District: Ashford (District Authority)

Parish: Crundale

National Grid Reference: TR 09663 49793


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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 southernmost barrow in Eggringe Wood is one of a group of six similar examples in the immediate locality. Such a concentration is unusual in Kent and together the barrows demonstrate the importance of the area for burials in the Bronze Age.


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The monument, which lies on the southern margin of Eggringe Wood, includes a bowl barrow comprising an earthen mound encircled by a now-infilled quarry ditch. The mound in this case measures 21m in diameter and stands to 1.3m above the level of the surrounding ground. Of the surrounding ditch there is no visible sign, leaf litter and soil from the mound having filled the former hollow area. The diameter of the mound and ditch together is 25m.

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: 12832

Legacy System: RSM


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

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