Bowl barrow 900m north west of Pond Down Buildings


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013749

Date first listed: 12-Jul-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Feb-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 900m north west of Pond Down Buildings
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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: Winterborne Stickland

National Grid Reference: ST 81507 06378


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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.

Despite having been reduced in height by cultivation, the bowl barrow 900m north west of Pond Down Buildings, is known from excavation to contain archaeological remains, and it will provide information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow 900m north west of Pond Down Buildings. The barrow has a mound, 15m in diameter and 0.3m high. There is no visible sign of a ditch surrounding the mound but this will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. It is likely that this barrow was partly excavated by Baron Hambro and William Shipp in 1860 when its height was recorded as 5ft, and the mound was shown to be composed of large tabular flints. Fragments of pottery and charcoal were found but no burial. Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts although the ground beneath them is included.

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: 27358

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Warne, C, Celtic Tumuli of Dorset, (1886), 14-15

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