Bowl barrow immediately north of Bordean House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016521

Date first listed: 11-Apr-2000


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

County: Hampshire

District: East Hampshire (District Authority)

Parish: Langrish

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU6984924522


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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 immediately north of Bordean House survives particularly well as a substantial earthwork and despite some disturbance from tree roots and erosion will retain archaeological information relating to its construction and use. It represents a rare survival in a relatively low-lying location which has otherwise been subject to intense agricultural usage. In addition the old land surface sealed beneath the mound is likely to contain environmental evidence pertaining to the contemporary landscape into which it was placed. Together with other barrows in the vicinity, the monument will offer a detailed insight into ritual and burial practices in the area during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated immediately north of Bordean House at the mouth of a shallow valley. The barrow is slightly ovoid in plan and has a mound measuring a maximum of 19m east to west and up to 1.2m in height. A linear depression up to 1.5m in width and 0.3m in depth abutting the base of the mound on its northern side represents the remains of an external quarry ditch, the remainder of which has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature.

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: 30264

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, LV, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Soc' in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Soc, , Vol. Vol XIV, (1938)
Hampshire County Council, SU 62 SE 11,
RCHME, NMR No. SU 62 SE 5,

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