Two bowl barrows 560m south east of Hill Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008127

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Jul-1994


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 560m south east of Hill Barn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck (District Authority)

Parish: Chaldon Herring

National Grid Reference: SY 77920 81020

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 protection.

Despite evidence for partial excavation, the two bowl barrows 560m south east of Hill Barn survive 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 the chalk and heathland between the River Frome and the Dorset coast.


The monument includes two adjacent bowl barrows aligned east-west and situated on chalk downland above the Dorset coast. The barrows lie on the eastern slope of a hill with views to the south over the sea and to the north over Chaldon Down. The eastern barrow mound measures 12m in diameter and is 1m high. The western mound is 16.5m in diameter and 2m high. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. These have become infilled over the years and now only the ditch around the eastern mound can be seen as a slight depression 0.75m deep and 1.5m wide. The ditch around the western mound survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. A central hollow in the eastern barrow mound suggests that it was once partially excavated. The post and wire fence which crosses the monument on its northern side is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath 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: 21952

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970)
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959)

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