Group of three round barrows SW of Longlands Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002827

Date first listed: 06-Oct-1959


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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: Frampton

National Grid Reference: SY 60662 93477, SY 60721 93513, SY 60884 93537


Three bowl barrows 865m south west of Long Lands 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 some animal burrowing the three bowl barrows 865m south west of Long Lands Farm survive 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.


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 14 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, which falls into three areas, includes three bowl barrows situated on the east facing slopes of a ridge overlooking the dry valleys of Compton Bottom, West Hill Bottom and Church Bottom. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. The mounds vary in size from 18m up to 22m in diameter and from 2m up to 3.5m high. They lie within an area crossed by lynchets. One mound has excavation hollows to the centre, south east and south western sides.


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

Legacy System number: DO 399

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape Monument No:-453574

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