Bowl barrow 300m WNW of White Hill Barn, forming part of the White Hill round barrow cemetery
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- West Dorset (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SY 59230 89235
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 300m WNW of White Hill Barn survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the White Hill cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated below the crest of an eastern
slope of the South Dorset Downs, overlooking the Bride Valley to the south.
The barrow is one of a group of five which together are known as the White
Hill round barrow cemetery.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint with a maximum
diameter of 18m and a maximum height of c.0.2m. This is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The
ditch is no longer visible at ground level, as it has become infilled over the
years, but it will survive as a buried feature c.2m 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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Books and journals
An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Dorset: Volume 1 , (1952), 39
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