Bowl barrow on Telegraph Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012635

Date first listed: 25-Mar-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Apr-1991


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Telegraph Hill
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: Winchester (District Authority)

Parish: Chilcomb

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU 52161 28158


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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 the possibility of partial excavation of the Telegraph Hill barrow mound, much of the monument remains intact and survives well. It therefore has considerable archaeological potential.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the crest of Telegraph Hill with steeply sloping ground to the north-west and south. The barrow mound has a maximum diameter of 25m and stands c.2m high. A hollow in the centre of the mound c.6.5m across, suggests it may once have been partially excavated. Surrounding the barrow mound is a ditch 3m wide showing as a slight earthwork 0.1m deep and as a ring of darker earth. A sherd of Bronze Age pottery and flint artefacts were found in the area of the ditch on the north-west side of the mound.

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: 12160

Legacy System: RSM


Schofield, A J, 01-FEB-1990, (1990)

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