Two round barrows in Doles Hill Plantation

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002873

Date first listed: 12-Dec-1960

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two round barrows in Doles Hill Plantation
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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: Piddlehinton

National Grid Reference: SY 73633 98622, SY 73680 98326

Summary

Two bowl barrows 1465m north-east of Bourne Park.

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 past cultivation and tree growth the two bowl barrows 1465m north east of Bourne Park survive comparatively 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.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 February 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 two separate areas, includes two bowl barrows situated on the upper south facing slopes of a prominent ridge known as Hog Leaze overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Piddle or Trent. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. The northern mound is up to 12m in diameter and 0.5m high with a slightly sunken hollow in the centre. The southern mound measures 18m in diameter and 1.2m high.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: DO 517

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
PastScape 454700 and 454705

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