A bowl barrow 500m north-east of Oak Tree Farm: one of a number of barrows on Coombe Heath
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008025
Date first listed: 20-Nov-1961
Date of most recent amendment: 29-Mar-1994
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Purbeck (District Authority)
Parish: Coombe Keynes
National Grid Reference: SY 86702 85060
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 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 Dorset coast.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath close to the
The barrow mound is 11m in diameter and 1m 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 c.1m wide and 0.2m 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.
Legacy System number: 21933
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Royal 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.
End of official listing