Round barrow 250yds (230m) S of Chapel Coppice


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002733

Date first listed: 12-Jul-1962


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Abbotsbury

National Grid Reference: SY 57379 84319


Bowl barrow 590m south west of Horsepool Farm.

Reasons for Designation

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar, although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form and a diversity of burial practices. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period.

Despite reduction in the height of the mound through past cultivation the bowl barrow 590m south west of Horsepool Farm will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17 December 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the lower south east facing slopes of Chapel Hill overlooking the West Fleet and Chesil Beach. The barrow survives as a circular mound with its surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived preserved as a buried feature. The mound measures 6.5m in diameter and up to 0.4m high.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: DO 171

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape Monument No:-450558

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