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Earthwork in Bowley's Plantation

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Earthwork in Bowley's Plantation

List entry Number: 1002772


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Crossways

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 24-Dec-1957

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: DO 274

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Part of an enclosure in Bowley’s Plantation.

Reasons for Designation

The part of an enclosure in Bowley’s Plantation survives well and will contain further archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, date, function, possible re-use, longevity and overall landscape context.


See Details.


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17 December 2015. This 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.

This monument includes part of an enclosure situated on a low hill overlooking a tributary to the River Frome. The part of the enclosure survives as two sides of an originally rectangular enclosure and is defined by a double bank with medial ditch with a single causewayed entrance to the east. The outer bank is 4m wide and 1.3m high, the inner bank is 6m wide and 1m high. The exact date of the enclosure is unclear. A small excavation showed the medial ditch to have been 1.8m deep and the outer bank was heightened at least once. Bronze Age and Late Iron Age pottery was recovered and a piece of 1st century AD pottery was recovered outside the earthwork. Pollen analysis suggested that the enclosure was surrounded by open land when it was constructed and suggested it might be medieval or later.

Selected Sources

PastScape Monument No:-353867

National Grid Reference: SY 76927 87975


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