Bowl barrow 1020m south east of Charisworth Cottages


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014846

Date first listed: 17-Jul-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Jul-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 1020m south east of Charisworth Cottages
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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: Charlton Marshall

National Grid Reference: ST 87180 00823


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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.

The bowl barrow 1020m south east of Charisworth Cottages, despite the likelihood of it having been partly excavated in the past, is comparatively well preserved and will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of two on Charlton Down, 150m north of the parish boundary and Combs Ditch. The barrow has a mound, 14m in diameter and 1.2m high, which is slightly hollowed on top, possibly as a result of the growth of a former large tree, now surviving as a stump. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch 2m wide and 0.4m deep on the southern side but shallower elsewhere. There appears to be a causeway across the ditch on the eastern side. To the west the ditch has been filled up with soil spread by ploughing. This barrow may have been excavated by H White in 1811, and the scar of a trench running north-south across the mound, noted in 1960, may be indicative of this. 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.


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Legacy System number: 27387

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 59
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 99

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