Two bowl barrows 283m SSE of the Grey Mare and her Colts

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002748

Date first listed: 08-Aug-1957

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Map

Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 283m SSE of the Grey Mare and her Colts
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Location

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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: Long Bredy

National Grid Reference: SY 58384 86819, SY 58676 86771

Summary

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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 heights of the mounds through cultivation, the two bowl barrows 283m SSE of the Grey Mare and her Colts survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

History

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Details

The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl barrows situated on the upper western-facing slopes of a prominent hill, overlooking a dry valley and with distant views to the sea. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches, from which the construction material was derived. The western mound measures 29m in diameter and 1.3m high; the eastern mound is 24m in diameter and 1m high. Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are scheduled separately.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-450330

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: DO 207

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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