Two miles north of Winchester in Hampshire is the village
of Littleton and, at a crossroads in the centre, is a Bronze Age burial
site. Called Flowerdown Barrows, the site consists of a bowl
barrow and a disc barrow. The bowl barrow is possibly slightly older
than the disc because the type dates from the late Neolithic. They are
often found in association with later mounds of other styles,
implying that their ritual significance was accepted for hundreds
of years. A bowl barrow consists of a mound of earth or rubble
surrounded by a ditch.
The disc barrow is
almost certainly early Bronze Age and consists of a bank and ditch that
contained a number of smaller cremation burials.
Close by is a
sarsen stone. The sarsen was originally found on a farm in Littleton
but was shifted to the Hampshire county museum in 1906, where it stayed
for almost 80 years. In 1984, however, it was resited in its present
position by the barrows.