Bowl barrow on Weavers Down, 630m NNW of Allington Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020509

Date first listed: 07-Mar-2002


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Weavers Down, 630m NNW of Allington Cottage
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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: Whitehill

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU 80714 29828


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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 on Weavers Down situated 630m NNW of Allington Cottage survives well despite some later disturbance and can be expected to retain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the environment in which it was constructed. The monument is closely associated with a number of other round barrow cemeteries and barrow groups within the area of Woolmer Forest which together constitute a particularly well-preserved ritual landscape of the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow of Late Neolithic or Bronze Age date, prominently situated within Woolmer Forest at the end of short spur projecting south from Weavers Down, commanding extensive views to the south as far as Butser Hill. It is one of a large number of isolated barrows, barrow groups and round barrow cemeteries located in and around Woolmer Forest, some of which are the subject of separate schedulings. The barrow is surrounded by a later tree ring of drystone walling, 22m in diameter and up to 2m high, within which it survives as a circular, flat- topped mound standing a further 0.5m above the tree ring in the centre. A surrounding quarry ditch, from which material would have been obtained for the mound's construction, is likely to survive buried beneath the later tree ring. Further buried remains associated with the original construction and use of the monument, including burials, grave pits, burial goods, and the original ground surface can also be expected to survive beneath the mound. Partial excavation in 1883 of four similar barrows situated on Weavers Down revealed fragments of a hollowed tree trunk coffin and human hair within one, and the remains of a human cremation burial within another. All walling is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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: 34151

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1940), 354

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