saucer barrows

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Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758—1838) landowner and antiquary


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Type of Bronze Age round barrow found in southern Britain, named as such in the mid 19th century by Sir Richard Colt Hoare because of their shape and cross‐section. Saucer barrows are circular, up to 40 m across, with an outer bank and ditch defining an enclosed space, in the centre of which is a low, well‐spread mound covering a centrally placed primary burial. Double central mounds are sometimes present. One of the range of Bronze Age round barrows that are sometimes known as fancy barrows.

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