Bowl barrow 350m NNW of Topparts Dairy

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013851

Date first listed: 08-Aug-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 31-Jan-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 350m NNW of Topparts Dairy
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Littlebredy

National Grid Reference: SY 58868 88126

Summary

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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.

The bowl barrow 350m NNW of Topparts Dairy survives as an upstanding earthwork and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow is one of a group of barrows which survive in the area.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a chalk ridge of the South Dorset Downs, overlooking the Bride valley to the north and Ashley Chase to the south west. The barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint, with a maximum diameter of 9m and a maximum height of c.0.4m. 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 will survive as a buried feature c.1m 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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 22990

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Dorset: Volume 1 , (1952), 39
Other
Mention size of barrow mound,

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