Three bowl barrows 720m south-west of Beaulieu Road Station


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012565

Date first listed: 16-Sep-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Sep-1992


Ordnance survey map of Three bowl barrows 720m south-west of Beaulieu Road Station
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: Denny Lodge

National Park: NEW FOREST

National Grid Reference: SU 34322 05899


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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.

Despite evidence for partial excavation the three bowl barrows 720m south-west of Beaulieu Road Station survive comparatively well within the New Forest, an area known to have been important for lowland Bronze Age occupation. A considerable amount of important archaeological evidence has survived in this area because of a lack of agricultural activity, the result of later climatic deterioration, development of heath and the establishment of a Royal Forest.


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The monument includes three bowl barrows aligned south-south-west to north- north-east and set on a ridge overlooking Shatterford Bottom. The northern barrow mound measures 12m in diameter and stands up to 0.6m high. Although no longer visible at ground level, the ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, survives as a buried feature represented by a circle of improved grass cover around the base of the mound. The central barrow measures 16.6m in diameter and is 0.9m high. A hollow in the centre of the mound suggests early partial excavation of the barrow. A ditch surrounding the mound survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The southern mound is 12m in diameter and 0.6m high and a small central hollow suggests the site was once partly excavated.

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: 20204

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Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938)
Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,

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