Bowl barrow 700m east of South Eggardon Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1003061

Date first listed: 05-Oct-1959

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Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 700m east of South Eggardon Farm
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Location

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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: Askerswell

National Grid Reference: SY 54271 93718

Summary

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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 cultivation, the bowl barrow 700m east of South Eggardon Farm 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.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a prominent steeply sided ridge, overlooking Coombe Bottom and the valley of a tributary to the River Asker. The barrow survives as a circular flat-topped mound of approximately 15m in diameter and 0.6m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are scheduled separately.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-451416

Legacy

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Legacy System number: DO 176

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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