Bowl barrow 400m north east of Green Place: one of a dispersed group of barrows on Stockbridge Down


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013631

Date first listed: 13-Feb-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 400m north east of Green Place: one of a dispersed group of barrows on Stockbridge Down
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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: Stockbridge

National Grid Reference: SU 37536 34847


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Reasons for Designation

Stockbridge Down is one of few surviving areas of undisturbed chalk downland in Wessex and contains a range of generally well preserved archaeological features. A survey of the area has confirmed the survival of prehistoric round barrows, linear earthworks and field systems, all to the south of the Iron Age hillfort of Woolbury. 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 particuarly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. The bowl barrow 400m north east of Green Place, despite alterations carried out in the 17th century and the disturbance caused by part excavation, is a comparatively well preserved example of its class. The barrow gives the appearance of a largely original profile with traces of a ditch surrounding the mound and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a small Bronze Age ditched bowl barrow, part of a dispersed group of barrows situated to the south west of Woolbury hillfort on the southern slopes of Stockbridge Down. The barrow has a mound 6m in diameter and 0.5m high, surrounded by a ditch 1.2m wide and 0.2m deep from which material was quarried during its construction. Part excavation of the mound in 1936 as part of the investigation of an adjacent medieval cemetery produced no evidence of prehistoric burial deposits. Finds of 17th century date from the upper parts of the mound suggest that it may have been enhanced at this period.

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: 26737

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Papworth, M, Archaeological Survey, Stockbridge Down and Marsh, Hampshire, (1992), 14-15
Gray Hill, N, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Excavations On Stockbridge Down 1935-36, , Vol. Vol 13, (1937), 247ff
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. Vol 14, (1938), 353

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