Round barrow in Grimstone Clumps

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002832

Date first listed: 09-Dec-1960

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: Stratton

National Grid Reference: SY 64519 95085

Summary

Bowl barrow 530m north west of Hog 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. The bowl barrow 530m north west of Hog Hill Barn 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.

History

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Details

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 includes a bowl barrow situated on the upper south facing slopes of the prominent Hog Hill in an area known as Grimstone Clumps overlooking the valley of the River Frome. The barrow survives as an elongated mound measuring 19.5m from north to south and 13.5m from east to west and up to 1.7m high. There is a depression in the summit. The mound stands on a roughly rectangular platform or berm of up to 0.2m high enclosed by a partially buried ditch of up to 2m wide and 0.2m deep. Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are scheduled separately.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: DO 420

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-453212

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