Two bowl barrows 200m north of Attwoods Drove Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014388

Date first listed: 30-Mar-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Feb-1996


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 200m north of Attwoods Drove 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: Compton and Shawford

National Grid Reference: SU 46767 26602


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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.

Despite part excavation of the barrow mounds, much of the monument remains intact and therefore has considerable archaeological potential.


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The monument includes two bowl barrows set on the crest of a steep north- facing slope at the east end of Compton Down. The barrows, which survive as low earthworks, are orientated north-south and are separated by a distance of c.10m. The northern barrow mound survives in permanent grassland to a maximum diameter of 20m and is 0.8m high. When previously under cultivation, the mound appeared as a chalky spread with a quantity of loose flints towards the centre. The southern mound survives in an area of scrub. It is 22m in diameter and c.0.7m high. Both mounds are surrounded by ditches c.3m wide and surviving as buried features and both have central hollows suggesting part excavation in the last century.

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