Bowl barrow 500m west of Worgret Manor Farm, forming an outlier of the Worgret Heath round barrow cemetery


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014288

Date first listed: 03-Aug-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Feb-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 500m west of Worgret Manor Farm, forming an outlier of the Worgret Heath round barrow cemetery
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck (District Authority)

Parish: Arne

National Grid Reference: SY 90248 87012


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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 bowl barrow 500m west of Worgret Manor Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the Worgret Heath cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed. Associated with the cemetery are a group of adjacent linear earthwork features.


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The monument, a bowl barrow, is one of ten round barrows which make up the Worgret Heath round barrow cemetery. It is situated on the western part of Worgret Heath within the Isle of Purbeck, with views over the Purbeck Hills to the south. The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with a maximum diameter of 15m and maximum height of c.1.2m. The mound is flat-topped with a slight hollow in the centre; its slopes have been revetted. The mound 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 1.5m 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: 28306

Legacy System: RSM


Mention flat-topped mound,
Mention revetment of mound,

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