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Two bowl barrows 400m west of Longlands Farm, forming part of the Longlands 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Two bowl barrows 400m west of Longlands Farm, forming part of the Longlands round barrow cemetery

List entry Number: 1013259

Location

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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Winterbourne Abbas

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 31-Oct-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Sep-1996

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22949

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.

Despite reduction in the height of the southen barrow, caused by cultivation, the two bowl barrows 400m west of Longlands Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes two bowl barrows, aligned north-south and situated on the South Dorset Downs on a north facing chalk ridge overlooking the valley of the South Winterbourne. The barrows form two of a group of six round barrows which together are known as the Longlands barrow cemetery. The northern barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint with a maximum diameter of 25m and a maximum height of c.3m. This is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch has become infilled over the years, but is known to survive as a buried feature which is sometimes visible as a soil mark 5m wide. The ditch encloses an oval area which contains of a second barrow mound 5m to the south of the northern barrow. This mound has been reduced by ploughing, but remains visible as a chalky patch 7m in diameter.

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

Other
Mention barrow,
Mention trace of ditch,
Mention trace of second barrow mound,

National Grid Reference: SY 60180 89923

Map

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