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Two barrows known as 'Ferny Barrows' 500m west of Whiteway Farm: part of a round barrow cemetery to the south-east of East Lulworth

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Two barrows known as 'Ferny Barrows' 500m west of Whiteway Farm: part of a round barrow cemetery to the south-east of East Lulworth

List entry Number: 1008029


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

District Type: District Authority

Parish: East Lulworth

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 14-Nov-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Mar-1994

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 21938

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The two barrows known as 'Ferny Barrows', which are part of the round barrow cemetery to the south-east of East Lulworth, 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.


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The monument includes two closely spaced round barrows aligned NW-SE and forming part of a round barrow cemetery south-east of East Lulworth. Both are situated on the higher reaches of a north-east facing slope on lowland heath close to the Dorset coast. The northern example is a bowl barrow which has a mound 2m high and 19.5m in diameter. The southern barrow, a bell barrow, has a mound 2.5m high and 28m across surrounded by a sloping berm c.2m wide. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during their construction. These have become largely infilled over the years. The ditch of the northern barrow cannot be seen at ground level but survives as a buried feature. The ditch of the southern barrow can be seen as a slight depression c.4m wide.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970), 445
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970), 445

National Grid Reference: SY 86652 81625


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