Barrow S of Wolfeton Clump


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002806

Date first listed: 28-Mar-1958


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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: Charminster

National Grid Reference: SY 69651 94838


Bowl barrow 1020m north east of Hill Barn.

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 some reduction in the height of part of the mound through past cultivation the bowl barrow 1020m north east of Hill Barn survives comparatively 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.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 January 2016. 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 on the south facing slopes of Charlton Higher Down to the south of Wolfeton Clump. The barrow survives differentially on either side of a bisecting hedge bank. To the northwest it is an upstanding mound of up to 18m in diameter and 1.5m high with traces of the surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived visible as a slight earthwork whilst to the south east of the hedge these features are retained as buried remains.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity and are scheduled separately.


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

Legacy System number: DO 342

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape Monument No:-453324

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