Bowl barrow in Windy Dido, 250m west of Horseshoe Meadow Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013978

Date first listed: 13-Mar-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in Windy Dido, 250m west of Horseshoe Meadow Farm
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Location

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County: Hampshire

District: Test Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Amport

National Grid Reference: SU 24861 42872

Summary

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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.

The bowl barrow in Windy Dido is a comparatively well preserved example of its class. Although the ditch can barely be seen as a surface feature, and some disturbance has been caused to the centre of the mound, the barrow exhibits a largely original profile and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on gently sloping ground in Windy Dido on Cholderton Hill. The barrow has a mound 16m in diameter and 0.7m high, in the centre of which is a shallow irregular depression c.2.5m in diameter. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. Only traces of the ditch can now be seen on the surface but it survives as a buried feature c.2m 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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 26742

Legacy System: RSM

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