Bowl barrow at the east end of Magdalen Hill Down

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015984

Date first listed: 29-Mar-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Dec-1990

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow at the east end of Magdalen Hill Down
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Location

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

County: Hampshire

District: Winchester (District Authority)

Parish: Chilcomb

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU 51521 29074

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.

There is no evidence for formal excavation of the monument and the site has considerable archaeological potential.

History

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Details

The monument includes a small bowl barrow surviving as a low earthwork and set on a gentle south-facing slope at the east end of Magdalen Hill Down. The barrow mound has a diameter of 20m and stands to a height of 0.5m. A ditch c.3m wide and 0.1m deep is visible to the south of the mound. The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 26m.

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: 12140

Legacy System: RSM

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