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Bowl barrow 600m west of Well Bottom Wood, forming part of the Pitcombe Down round barrow cemetery

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: Bowl barrow 600m west of Well Bottom Wood, forming part of the Pitcombe Down round barrow cemetery

List entry Number: 1013253

Location

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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Littlebredy

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 18-Sep-1996

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22969

Asset Groupings

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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 bowl barrow 600m west of Well Bottom Wood will survive in the form of buried remains and as such will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the Pitcombe Down cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the northern side of a chalk ridge of the South Dorset Downs, overlooking the South Winterbourne valley to the north east and the round barrow cemetery at Winterbourne Poor Lot to the north west. The barrow forms a north western outlier of the round barrow cemetery situated on the north western part of Pitcombe Down and which contains ten barrows in all. The barrow was first identified in 1952 by the Royal Commission on Historic Monuments (England), when it was found to be 5m in diameter and c.0.45m high. The barrow mound has since been reduced by ploughing. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature c.1m 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
An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Dorset: Volume 1 , (1952), 39

National Grid Reference: SY 58650 90202

Map

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