Bell Barrow

A round barrow in which the mound and ditch are separated from each other by a berm. The ditch may be accompanied by an external (or occasionally internal) bank.

A reconstruction of one of the bell barrows from Horsell Common where two fine examples were found. Image: Surrey County Archaeological Unit

A reconstruction of one of the bell barrows from
Horsell Common
where two fine examples were found
Image: Surrey County Archaeological Unit

The antiquarian, John Aubrey’s ‘History of Surrey’, 1718, notes that: ‘On the heath in this Parish are two round Hills or Barrows, supposed to have been the Burial-Place for Men slain in Battles.’ Both show signs of damage from earlier archaeologists or treasure hunters.

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