Bowl barrow 950m NNE Bulbarrow Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014753

Date first listed: 10-Mar-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 01-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: Ibberton

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Winterborne Houghton

National Grid Reference: ST 78649 06012


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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.

Although disturbed by ploughing, and possibly woodland clearance, the bowl barrow 950m NNE of Bulbarrow Farm is a relatively well preserved example of its class. The barrow will contain archaeological remains which will provide information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on a fairly level ridge 950m north east of Bulbarrow Farm. The barrow is crossed by a double fence and hedge along which runs the parish boundary between Ibberton and Winterborne Houghton. The barrow has a mound c.20m in diameter and up to 1.5m high where it is well preserved between the parish boundary fences. To the south east of the boundary the mound has been truncated and reduced in height, resulting in an irregular profile. To the north east the mound has been reduced in height by ploughing but is still visible as a rise in the ground level. Vegetation on the top of the mound is very thin exposing large flint nodules and some rubble indicating the nature of the mound construction. There is no sign of a ditch surrounding the mound but this will survive as a buried feature c.3m wide. All fence posts and the telegraph pole 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.


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Legacy System number: 27376

Legacy System: RSM

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