Bowl barrow 350m south of Gorcombe Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014848

Date first listed: 26-Feb-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Jul-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 350m south of Gorcombe Farm
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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 87788 02171

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 350m south of Gorcombe Farm, although reduced in height by ploughing, is known from part excavation to contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


The monument includes a bowl barrow on a spur 350m south of Gorcombe Farm. The barrow which has been reduced in height by ploughing, was previously recorded as 17m in diameter and is now visible only as a slight rise in the field surface. The quarry ditch surrounding the mound will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. This is probably one of the three barrows excavated in 1811 by Mr White when it was found to contain a primary cremation in an urn which had been placed in a circular cist 2ft (0.6m) wide and 1ft 6 inches (0.45m) deep. The mound which was 5ft (1.5m) high was composed of alternating layers of flint and chalk rubble. 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: 27389

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 99

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