Two bowl barrows 300m SW of Spring Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013744

Date first listed: 12-Jul-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Apr-1996


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 300m SW of Spring Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Ashmore

National Grid Reference: ST 91508 16285

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.

Despite having been reduced in height by cultivation, the bowl barrows 300m south west of Spring Farm will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


The monument includes the remains of two adjacent bowl barrows, aligned south west - north east, 300m south west of Spring Farm. Both barrows have been reduced in height by cultivation and are now visible as slight earthworks. The western barrow has a diameter of 12m. The eastern barrow was recorded by the OS in 1977 as having a diameter of 9m. There is no trace of a ditch surrounding either barrow although these features will survive as buried features 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.

Legacy System number: 27348

Legacy System: RSM

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