Round Barrow Cemetery on Ibsley Common, 800m South East of Blunts Barn Cottage
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Hampshire County Council
New Forest District Council
Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley
New Forest West
SE174174 (417387, 110537)
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A round barrow cemetery of Bronze Age date, situated on a high gravel plateau on Ibsley Common. The monument includes a disc barrow, a saucer barrow, six bowl barrows and the site of a further bowl barrow, now levelled by the later use of the site as an aerodrome. The disc barrow, 19.5 metres in total diameter, is of a relatively unusual form, comprising a disc-shaped platform, raised 0.15 metres, surrounded by a low raised rim, and a shallow outer ditch. The saucer barrow, located 480 metres to the ESE, at the head of Chidben Bottom, is 16 metres in total diameter and includes a small, saucer-shaped mound, also raised about 0.15 metres, surrounded by a ditch, about 0.25 metres deep, and a flat-topped outer bank, about 4 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. The remaining bowl barrows are all relatively small and indistinct, comprising round or slightly oval, flat-topped mounds which range from 4 metres to 11 metres in diameter and from 0.2 metres to 0.6 metres high. Excavations of the saucer barrow and the easternmost bowl barrow, conducted by Heywood Sumner in 1917, demonstrated that the saucer barrow was constructed from local sand and gravel, probably obtained from the surrounding ditch, whereas the bowl barrow was constructed of the same material overlying a core of white clayey sand and an encircling ramp of consolidated gravel flints. At the centre of the bowl barrow Sumner found an irregular pit filled with dark soil and charcoal but produced no finds. At the centre of the saucer barrow Sumner found similar burnt material overlying a small cist cut into the underlying subsoil, which was floored with rammed pebbles and contained an inverted Bronze Age cinerary urn filled with fine soil and charcoal. Excavations of the four other barrows on Ibsley Common by Sumner in 1917 and 1921 yielded similar results and produced two further Bronze Age urns, both of which contained burnt human bone. Scheduled.
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