Bowl barrow on East Holme Range 690m north-east of Whiteway Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008027
Date first listed: 14-Nov-1962
Date of most recent amendment: 17-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)
National Grid Reference: SY 87779 81910
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 East Holme Range 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 1m high and 26.5m across. Surrounding the mound is a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This
has become infilled over the years and can no longer be seen at ground level,
but survives as a buried feature c.4.25m wide.
The railway line to the north of the barrow is excluded from the scheduling,
as are the stone and sleepers which support it, but the ground beneath where
it crosses the monument is included.
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: 21935
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970), 454
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