Group of three bowl barrows on Creech Heath 650m ESE of Dodson's Farm, forming part of the Creech Heath round barrow cemetery
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1014141
Date first listed: 31-May-1961
Date of most recent amendment: 22-Mar-1996
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Purbeck (District Authority)
Parish: Church Knowle
National Grid Reference: SY 92506 84021
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 three bowl barrows on Creech Heath 650m ESE of Dodson's Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a group of three bowl barrows orientated east-west
along a sandstone ridge of Creech Heath in the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking
the Purbeck Hills to the south. The barrows form part of a cemetery of five
round barrows on Creech Heath.
The barrows each have a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with
dimensions of between 10m and 23m and between c.0.5m-2m in height. Each mound
is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. The ditch of the eastern barrow is visible as an
earthwork 2m wide and c.0.5m deep. The ditches of the other two barrows have
become infilled over the years, but will survive as buried features 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 28318
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 442
Mention destruction of barrow,
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