Two barrows 850m north west of Whiteway Farm: part of a round barrow cemetery to the south east of East Lulworth
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Purbeck (District Authority)
- East Lulworth
- National Grid Reference:
- SY 86423 81943
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.
Despite evidence for partial excavation, the two barrows which are part of the round barrow cemetery to the south east of East Lulworth, have survived comparatively well and contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned north west-south east and
situated on lowland heath close to the Dorset coast. Together they form part
of a wider round barrow cemetery.
Both mounds are 0.75m high. The north western barrow mound is 26m in diameter
and the south eastern mound is 18m across. Each mound is surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. These have
become infilled over the years and can no longer be seen at ground level.
They survive however as buried features c.4m and c.2.5m wide respectively.
The presence of a central depression in the top of the south eastern mound
suggests that this barrow has been partially excavated.
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.
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Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970)
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