Round barrow on Hogcliff Hill
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1003228
Date first listed: 08-Jun-1959
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: West Dorset (District Authority)
Parish: Maiden Newton
National Grid Reference: SY 62171 96761
Bowl barrow 695m north west of Hyde Crook.
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 695m north west of Hyde Crook will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual 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 includes a bowl barrow situated close to the summit of the prominent Hog Cliff Hill which forms the watershed between the valleys of the Sydling Water and River Frome and overlooks the valley of Hog Cliff Bottom. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring 16.5m long, 11.2m wide and 0.5m high with a buried surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. The mound contains a significant quantity of flint.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: DO 395
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
PastScape Monument No:-453053
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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