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Two bowl barrows in Hinton Bushes 810m north of Pimperne Long Barrow

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Two bowl barrows in Hinton Bushes 810m north of Pimperne Long Barrow

List entry Number: 1014573

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Tarrant Hinton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 12-Jul-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Aug-1996

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 27372

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 damage by animal burrowing and track construction, the bowl barrows in Hinton Bushes will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of two bowl barrows, aligned north west - south east, part of a group of four barrows on the top of a chalk ridge in Hinton Bushes. The western barrow has a mound which was recorded in 1972 as being 17m in diameter and 1m high. There is a well established badger set in the mound and the burrows reveal that the mound is made up of flint and chalk. The ditch surrounding the mound is no longer visible but will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. The remains of the second barrow lie immediately to the north east. Formerly recorded as having a diameter of 14m and a height of 1m, by 1961 it had been levelled to make way for a farm track. Although the mound is no longer visible the ditch surrounding it will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 101

National Grid Reference: ST 91802 11291

Map

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