Bowl barrow 660m south of Chaldon Down Buildings: part of the Chaldon Down round barrow cemetery


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008521

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Aug-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 660m south of Chaldon Down Buildings:  part of the Chaldon Down round barrow cemetery
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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 78373 81255


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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.

Despite partial excavation and ploughing over many years, the bowl barrow on Chaldon Down is known to contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed. This barrow is one of a number which survive on the chalk downland of Chaldon Down.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow forming part of a wider round barrow cemetery, situated on chalk downland above the Dorset coast. The barrow lies on the crest of a hill with views to the north, west and east over Chaldon Down, and the sea to the south. The barrow mound measures 23m north-south, 21.2m east-west and is 0.4m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled over the years and can no longer be seen at ground level. It does, however, survive as a buried feature c.4m wide. The barrow was partially excavated in 1969, when finds included Bronze Age pottery and evidence for occupation of the site prior to the barrow's construction.

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.


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Legacy System number: 21957

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Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970)
White, D A, 'Proceedings of the Dorset Nat History and Archaeological Society' in The Excavation Of Three Round Barrows On Chaldon Down, 1969, , Vol. 95, (1973)

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