Two bowl barrows in Hinton Bushes 850m north of Pimperne Long Barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014574

Date first listed: 07-Aug-1996


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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: Tarrant Hinton

National Grid Reference: ST 91664 11332

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 tree roots and burrowing animals, the bowl barrows in Hinton Bushes are comparatively well preserved examples of their class. Part of a group of four, in a prominent position, they will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


The monument includes two bowl barrows, aligned approximately north west-south east, part of a group of four barrows on the top of a chalk ridge in Hinton Bushes, 850m north of Pimperne Long Barrow. The northern barrow has a mound which is c.8m in diameter and 0.65m high, although a diameter of 30ft (c.10m) and a height of 1m were recorded in 1972. The ditch surrounding the mound is no longer visible but will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. The southern barrow has a mound which is 18m in diameter and 1m high, although in 1972 a diameter of 60ft (c.20m) and a well marked ditch 10ft (c.3m) wide were also recorded. An outer bank, estimated to have been 2m wide and best preserved on the western side was also recorded. Neither of these features is now visible although the ditch will survive as a buried feature. The archaeologically sensitive area between the barrows is included in the scheduling. 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.


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

Legacy System number: 27373

Legacy System: RSM

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