Bowl barrow 550m north-west of Avon Tyrrell

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012637

Date first listed: 23-Feb-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Apr-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 550m north-west of Avon Tyrrell
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: Ringwood

County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: Sopley

National Park: NEW FOREST

National Grid Reference: SU 18175 00716

Summary

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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.

There is no evidence for formal excavation of the Avon Tyrrell monument and it survives well. It therefore has considerable archaeological potential.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a gentle west-facing slope. The barrow mound is of irregular shape, measuring 24m from north-south and 20m from east-west. It survives to a height of c.2m. Surrounding the barrow mound is a ditch c.2m wide. This survives as a low earthwork 0.2m deep to the north of the barrow mound, and as a buried feature to the south. The fenceline which crosses the site from east-west is excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath is included.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 12161

Legacy System: RSM

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