Bowl barrow 100m south east of Lower Bordean Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- East Hampshire (District Authority)
- National Park:
- SOUTH DOWNS
- National Grid Reference:
- SU 69419 24623
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
The bowl barrow 100m south east of Lower Bordean Farm survives well as a substantial earthwork despite some disturbance from ploughing and the construction of a road immediately to the north. The barrow represents an important survival in a relatively low-lying location which has been subject to intense agricultural usage. The remains of the barrow will retain archaeological information relating to its construction and use. In addition the old land surface sealed beneath the mound is likely to contain environmental evidence pertaining to the landscape in which it was constructed. Together with other barrows in the vicinity, the barrow will contribute to a detailed insight into burial and ritual practices in the area during the Bronze Age.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated 100m south east of Lower Bordean
Farm at the base of a shallow valley. The barrow is one of an original group
of five, three of which survive; the other two surviving barrows in the group
are the subject of a separate scheduling. This barrow has been disturbed by
ploughing on its southern side and truncated at its northern end by the
construction of a road. The surviving portion consists of a low spread ovoid
mound measuring approximately 27m east to west, 24m north to south and a
maximum of 2m in height situated against the northern boundary of a field.
Adjacent to the mound on all but the northern side is the quarry ditch from
which material was taken for the barrow's construction. This has been infilled
over the years but survives as a buried feature approximately 2m wide.
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
- Legacy System number:
- Legacy System:
RCHME, NMR No. SU 62 SE 4,
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing