Three ditched bowl barrows south of Andover Lodge: part of a round barrow cemetery in Barrow Field Clumps, Cholderton Park


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Ordnance survey map of Three ditched bowl barrows south of Andover Lodge: part of a round barrow cemetery in Barrow Field Clumps, Cholderton Park
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Test Valley (District Authority)
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Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The bowl barrows south of Andover Lodge are well preserved examples of their class. All exhibit largely original profiles with, in each case, a pronounced ditch surrounding the mound. Although the larger example shows signs of having been partly excavated in the past, all three barrows will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


The monument includes three ditched Bronze Age bowl barrows, part of a cemetery containing at least 12 round barrows which lie on level ground close to the Andover Lodge of Cholderton Park. The largest and most westerly of the barrows has a mound 30m in diameter and 2.6m high, on the summit of which is a pronounced central hollow 5m in diameter and 0.3m deep, representing the remains of an unrecorded antiquarian excavation. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. Where visible on the north side of the barrow mound, the ditch is 6m wide and a maximum of 0.3m deep. To the east is a smaller barrow, which is partly crossed by the park road. This has a low mound approximately 8m in diameter and 0.3m high surrounded by a ditch 3m wide and 0.2m deep. There are traces of a low external bank on the south west side of the ditch. To the south is a barrow which has a mound 24m in diameter and 0.8m high. The mound is surrounded by a ditch, traces of which can be seen on the ground but which survives for the majority of its circuit as a buried feature approximately 3m wide. Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts, gate posts, road and track surfaces and the entrance gate piers and associated walls, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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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Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. Vol 14, (1938)


This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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