Long barrow 400m south-east of Moody's Down Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012515

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1990


Ordnance survey map of Long barrow 400m south-east of Moody's Down Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: Test Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Barton Stacey

National Grid Reference: SU 43359 38675


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Reasons for Designation

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 long barrows are recorded in England. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are considered to be nationally important.

The 180 long barrows of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset form the densest and one of the most important concentrations of monuments of this type in the country. This example is important as it is one of a rare cluster of similar barrows and, with no evidence of formal excavation, it has considerable archaeological potential.


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The monument includes a long barrow surviving as an earthwork in an arable field and situated on a flat-topped spur adjacent to a firing range. The barrow mound is orientated SE-NW and is rectangular in plan. It is 70m long, 20m wide and survives to a height of c.1m. Flanking quarry ditches run parallel to the mound on its NE and SW sides. These average 7.5m wide and may originally have been separated from the mound by narrow berms. A sherd of Neolithic pottery was found in a rabbit scrape at the SE end of the barrow in 1940. Two further long barrows are visible from the mound, one (now levelled) 100m to the SE and one 750m to the west.

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.


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Legacy System number: 12110

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Smith, I F , Long Barrows in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1979)
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, (1939)

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