Bowl barrow 90m north of Stowting Court


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013144

Date first listed: 28-Feb-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Jul-1991


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

County: Kent

District: Shepway (District Authority)

Parish: Stowting

National Grid Reference: TR 11911 41625


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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.

Although the Stowting Court barrow has been damaged during building operations in the past and has been spread by agricultural activities, much of the barrow mound and the burials placed within and beneath it, as well as its surrounding ditch, survives. The monument therefore holds significant potential for the recovery of further evidence of the nature and duration of use of the barrow and of the environment in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises an earthen mound and an encircling quarry ditch. Part of the barrow, on the south and east side, was destroyed to make room for a barn which has itself now been removed. Some three-fifths of the barrow survives, however, including the area considered to contain the principal burial of the monument. The remaining part of the mound measures 25m NE-SW and stands over 2m above the general ground level. Having been spread by agricultural activities, the mound now extends 24m into the field to the NW. Nothing of the surrounding ditch is visible on the surface because it has been infilled by soil eroded from the mound. Partial excavation of the mound in the early 1970s confirmed the Early Bronze Age date of the barrow by recovering characteristic "Beaker"-style pottery. The fencing on the SE border is excluded from the scheduling.

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: 12839

Legacy System: RSM


Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,
TR 14 SW,

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