Bowl barrow 650m south west of Gorcombe Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- North Dorset (District Authority)
- Charlton Marshall
- National Grid Reference:
- ST 87484 02019
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 barrow 650m south west 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 650m south west of Gorcombe
Farm. The barrow has a low mound c.19m in diameter and 0.5m high. There is no
surface indication of the quarry ditch surrounding the mound but this will
survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. This is probably one of three barrows
excavated in 1811 by Mr White when an intrusive burial of a skeleton with its
feet towards the east was found near the surface of the mound.
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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Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 99
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.
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