Excavation results suggest that the burial landscape was respected and left unaltered for many centuries, with no evidence uncovered for settlement in the immediate area. Excavations uncovered very few finds, with the exception of several cremation urns. Only an isolated beaker burial, a cremation pit with a barbed and tanged arrowhead, a well containing large quantities of animal bone, several possible Roman field ditches and numerous gullies of probable post-medieval date were uncovered.
The largest of the five clustered barrows appears to have survived as an earthwork long enough to require levelling during the extension of Andover Airfield in 1917. Known as the ‘Mark Lane’ tumulus, it is probably the ‘Hlew’ or tumulus mentioned in a charter dating to AD 901. Clearly, the mark left on the landscape by Andover’s Bronze Age elites was an enduring one.
The new publication, ‘A Bronze Age barrow cemetery at Andover Airfield, Penton Mewsey, near Weyhill, Hampshire: excavations 2007–10’ is available on the MOLA website for £15.