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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
protection.The bowl barrow on Coombe Heath has survived well and contains archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape
in which it was constructed. This barrow is amongst a number which survive on
this piece of heathland between the River Frome and the coast.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath close to the
The barrow mound is 18m in diameter and 1.5m high. Surrounding it is a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This has become partially infilled over the years, but survives as a
slight depression 3.5m wide and 0.3m deep.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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Books and journalsRoyal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970), 442
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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