Sandy Barrow W of East Farm Dairy

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002776

Map

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Location

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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Osmington

National Grid Reference: SY 73027 82586

Summary

Bowl barrow known as Sandy Barrow.

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 known as Sandy Barrow survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

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 a bowl barrow situated at the summit of a narrow steeply curving coastal ridge overlooking the cliffs at Black Head. The barrow survives as a circular flinty mound measuring up to 9m in diameter and 1m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: DO 284

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-454323

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