Bowl barrow c.200m NNW of Chaldon Herring: part of a barrow group north of Chaldon Herring village


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012070

Date first listed: 25-Jun-1973

Date of most recent amendment: 26-Jan-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow c.200m NNW of Chaldon Herring: part of a barrow group north of Chaldon Herring village
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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 79022 83577


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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.

The bowl barrow to the NNW of the village of Chaldon Herring survives well, despite having a rounded profile due to ploughing in the past, and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. This is one of numerous barrows which survive locally and, as such, adds to the understanding of Bronze Age settlement in the area. The monument is unusual in that it was constructed on a substantial lynchet, or field bank.


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The monument includes one of four bowl barrows set on a low ridge in an area of undulating chalk downland in the valley below High Chaldon containing rivulets draining into the River Frome. The barrow mound is 27m in diameter and c.2m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch can no longer be seen at ground level, having become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.4.5m wide. The barrow is situated on an earlier lynchet or field bank which survives up to 2m high and continues eastwards to run beneath the other three barrows which make up this group.

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: 21910

Legacy System: RSM

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