Two Bowl Barrows 500m South of Fearnhill School
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Hertfordshire County Council
North Hertfordshire District Council
Letchworth Garden City
North East Hertfordshire
OV205205 (520541, 231816)
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The visible and buried remains of two bowl barrows located south of the railway line between Hitchin and Letchworth. The western barrow, often referred to as the `Ickelford Tumulus' survives as a substantial earthwork, domed in profile and measuring some 52 metres in diameter and 3.5 metres in height. Surrounding this mound is a 3 metre wide ditch from which material was quarried for its construction. Over the years this feature has become largely infilled, although it remains visible as a slight depression with a maximum depth of 0.4 metres. Limited excavations took place at the mound in January 1816, revealing a cremation burial interred in a wooden casket, two bronze spear heads and a copper blade. The mound was opened again in March of that year when a fragment of a coarse ware urn was recovered and later in the same year a human skeleton was unearthed on or near the mound. To the east of the mound lies a second barrow. The mound which formerly covered this burial has been reduced by centuries of ploughing and is no longer visible on the ground, although the quarry ditch remains clearly identifiable as a cropmark which has been recorded from the air. The ditch is approximately 2.5 metres in width and forms a circle with a maximum diameter of approximately 40 metres. The intervening area between the two barrows is believed to contain evidence associated with their construction and subsequent ritual use. Scheduled.
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