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Bowl barrow 450m south-east of Thruxted Mill, one of six in Eggringe 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 450m south-east of Thruxted Mill, one of six in Eggringe Wood

List entry Number: 1012350


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

County: Kent

District: Canterbury

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Petham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 17-Jan-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Jul-1991

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 12829

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. Their ubiquity and their tendency to occupy prominent locations makes them 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 small-scale partial excavation attested by the hole in the top of the mound, the barrow near Thruxted Mill in Eggringe Wood is considered to retain significant archaeological potential since much of the mound, the burials in or beneath it, the original ground surface and the surrounding ditch all survive intact. The barrow 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 burial in the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises an earthen mound encircled by a now-infilled quarry ditch. This is the most upstanding of the examples in Eggringe Wood, surviving to a height of 1.8m. The mound is some 18m in diameter but the ditch beyond is no longer visible, having been infilled by erosion from the mound and by leaf-litter. The diameter of the mound and ditch together is 22m. A hole in the top of the mound shows that partial excavation has taken place, but the original ground surface below the barrow mound appears not to have been reached. The many flint nodules from the digging suggest that it was largely from such material that the mound was originally constructed.

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., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Kent - bowl barrow in Eggringe Wood, TR05 SE,

National Grid Reference: TR 09799 50691


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