Long barrow 650m south-east of Ridgeway Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013008

Date first listed: 11-Oct-1990

Map

Ordnance survey map of Long barrow 650m south-east of Ridgeway Farm
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Location

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County: Hampshire

District: Basingstoke and Deane (District Authority)

Parish: Overton

National Grid Reference: SU 49631 52463

Summary

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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 barrow 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 regarded as important as, despite some damage, it survives comparatively well and, with no evidence of formal excavation, the site has considerable archaeological potential.

History

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Details

The monument includes a long barrow, surviving as a low earthwork, situated just below the crest of a south-east facing slope close to the bottom of a dry valley. The barrow mound, now under cultivation, has been partially damaged by a large hollow, probably a former chalk pit dug into the centre of the mound. The monument is orientated east-west and rectangular in plan. The mound survives to a length of 60m and is 25m wide. It stands to a height of 0.7m. Flanking quarry ditches run parallel to the north and south sides of the mound. These are 6m wide and are visible on the ground as areas of dark earth.

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

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 12107

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Smith, I F , Long Barrows in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1979)

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