Bell barrow 200m east of Slap Bottom


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012912

Date first listed: 27-Oct-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Dec-1990


Ordnance survey map of Bell barrow 200m east of Slap Bottom
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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: Burley

National Park: NEW FOREST

National Grid Reference: SU 20672 01978

Reasons for Designation

Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows (particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.

Despite partial excavation of the barrow mound, much of the monument remains intact. The site therefore has considerable archaeological potential.


The monument includes a bell barrow set on a gentle south-facing slope in an area of open New Forest heathland. The barrow mound has a maximum diameter of 19m and stands to a height of c.1m. Surrounding the barrow mound are a berm c.2m wide and an outer ditch 2m wide and 0.3m deep. A central hollow suggests that the monument may once have been partially excavated, probably in the 19th century. The mound, berm and ditch together have a diameter of 27m.

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: 12125

Legacy System: RSM

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