Bowl barrow on Hampton Ridge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015985

Date first listed: 27-Oct-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Dec-1990


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

County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: Hyde

National Park: NEW FOREST

National Grid Reference: SU 18827 13542


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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 partial excavation of the barrow mound, much of the monument remains intact and therefore has considerable archaeological potential.


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The monument includes a small bowl barrow surviving as a low earthwork and set below the crest of a steep south - facing slope. The barrow mound has a maximum diameter of 10m and survives to a height of 1m. The surrounding ditch is visible as a low earthwork to the north, east and west of the mound, surviving to a width of 1m and a depth of 0.2m. A hollow in the centre of the barrow mound suggests the site may once have been partially excavated. Worked flint artefacts are visible on the surface of the monument. The mound and ditch have a diameter of 12m.

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: 12124

Legacy System: RSM


Schofield, A J, 17-JAN-1990, (1990)

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