Three bowl barrows on Povington Heath, 400m south-west of Hurst Mill
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Purbeck (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SY 88561 83731
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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. 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
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
The three bowl barrows on Povington Heath have survived well and contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. These barrows are amongst a number which survive on this piece of heathland between the River Frome and the Dorset coast.
The monument includes three closely grouped bowl barrows situated on a small
but prominent hillock overlooking Pool Pond on lowland heath close to the
The middle barrow of the three overlaps the southern edge of the northern
barrow. Its mound is 2m high and 23m in diameter. The northern mound is 1.5m
high and 21m across. The mounds are each surrounded by ditches from which
material was quarried during the construction of the barrows. These have
become infilled over the years, but survive as slight depressions 0.5m deep
and 1.5m wide. The third barrow, to the south of the middle barrow, is c.1m
high and 16.6m in diameter. It is surrounded by a ditch which can no longer be
seen at ground level, having become infilled over the years, but survives as a
buried feature c.2.5m across.
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.
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Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970)
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.
End of official listing