Long barrow 1km south of Larkwhistle Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013200

Date first listed: 08-Jun-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Oct-1990


Ordnance survey map of Long barrow 1km south of Larkwhistle Farm
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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: Headbourne Worthy

National Grid Reference: SU 45593 35269

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 barrows of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset form the densest and one of the most significant concentrations of monuments of this type in the country. This example is particularly important as it survives well and, with no evidence of formal excavation, has considerable archaeological potential.


The monument includes a long barrow situated in woodland and located just below the crest of a gentle south-facing slope. The barrow mound is rectangular in plan and orientated ENE-WSW. It is 60m long by 20m wide and survives to a height of between 2 and 2.5m. Flanking quarry ditches, separated from the north and south sides of the mound by a narrow berm c.2m wide, survive to a depth of 0.1m and a width of c.5m. The site was discovered during fieldwork in the late 1970s in advance of building the A34 which runs close to the site.

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: 12093

Legacy System: RSM


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

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