Two bowl barrows in Ashley Wood 750m SSE of Buzbury Rings
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1014754
Date first listed: 03-Aug-1961
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.
District: North Dorset (District Authority)
Parish: Tarrant Keyneston
National Grid Reference: ST 92290 05260
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
The bowl barrows in Ashley Wood 750m SSE of Buzbury Rings, are comparatively well preserved examples of their class and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.
The monument includes two bowl barrows in Ashley Wood 750m SSE of Buzbury
Rings. The larger barrow, to the south, has a mound which is flattened on top.
It is 17m in diameter and 1.8m high. There are slight traces of a ditch c.3m
wide visible on all but the southern side where it will survive as a buried
feature. A woodland bank on the western side of the mound probably clips the
edge of the ditch. The second barrow lies 20m to the north east and has a
mound which is c.9m in diameter and c.0.7m high. There is no visible sign of
the ditch surrounding the mound but this will survive as a buried feature c.2m
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: 27377
Legacy System: RSM
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