Long barrow 400m west of Moody's Down Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013201

Date first listed: 09-Feb-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Oct-1990


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

County: Hampshire

District: Test Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Barton Stacey

National Grid Reference: SU 42586 38778


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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 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 important as it survives well and is one of four long barrows in the immediate area. Such groups rarely occur.


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The monument includes a long barrow surviving as a low earthwork in an arable field and situated just below the crest of a gentle SE facing slope. The barrow mound is orientated ENE-WSW and is ovoid in plan with the broader end facing ENE and standing to a maximum height of 1m. It survives to a length of 33m and varies in width between 15m at the east end and 10m at the west end. Flanking quarry ditches run parallel to the north and south sides of the mound, separated from it by narrow berms 1m wide. The ditches are curved in plan, 29m long and 5m wide.

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.


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Legacy System number: 12094

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Smith, I F , Long Barrows in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1979), 2-3

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