Bul Barrow, 750m east of Rawlsbury Camp


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013787

Date first listed: 11-Jul-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jan-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bul Barrow, 750m east of Rawlsbury Camp
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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: Woolland

National Grid Reference: ST 77502 05740


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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.

Bul Barrow, 750m north east of Rawlsbury Camp, is a comparatively well preserved example of its class located in a prominent position. The barrow will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment. This is a well known landmark in the area and has in the past been used as a beacon.


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The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow, known as Bul Barrow, 750m east of Rawlsbury Camp hillfort, one of four barrows on top of the chalk escarpment here known as Bulbarrow Hill. The barrow has a mound which is 16m in diameter and a maximum of 1.5m high. Much of the centre of the mound has been hollowed out to a depth of 0.5m. The mound is surrounded by a ditch 3m wide and 0.3m deep. This has been truncated by the road on the south west side. The barrow has been used as a beacon in the past. The metalled road surface is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it 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: 27360

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Hutchins, J, History of Dorset: Volume IV, (1870), 419
Wools, C, The Barrow Diggers, (1839), 77

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