Round Barrow Cemetery and Hollow Ways on Beacon Hill


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Bowl Barrow
Bronze Age

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Hampshire County Council

District Council

Winchester City Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Meon Valley

Grid Reference

SE607607 (460693, 122480)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.998, -1.135

Nearest Postcode

SO32 3LG

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A round barrow cemetery of Bronze Age date and a series of deep, parallel hollow ways of probable early medieval date, situated on a spur of Beacon Hill. The barrow cemetery includes six bowl barrows and a saucer barrow. The bowl barrows are relatively low and inconspicuous. They comprise flat topped, circular mounds ranging in size from 6 metres to 10 metres in diameter and from 0.15 metres to 0.6 metres in height. The best preserved bowl barrow has a 2 metre wide quarry ditch flanked by a lower outer bank, 3 metres wide, although this barrow has a deeply hollowed centre indicative of later excavation. Shallow quarry ditches may also survive as buried features around the other barrow mounds, although these have now become infilled. The saucer barrow forms a more conspicuous feature visible over a wide distance from the valley floor and downland to the east. It includes a low, saucer shaped mound, 15 metres in diameter, surrounded by a 2.5 metre wide ditch and a 5 metre wide outer bank. The round barrow cemetery is partly enclosed by later, medieval hollow ways. On the southern flank of the spur, one of the hollow ways is flanked by a bank, which forms part of the boundary of the Late Saxon estate of East Seaxena Tun and the later medieval parish of Exton. The hollow ways and boundary bank appear to be contemporary features and to have been used over a period of some duration. Both are first recorded in an Anglo Saxon charter dated AD 940. Scheduled.

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