Bowl barrow 550m north of North Down Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014852

Date first listed: 23-Feb-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Jul-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 550m north of North Down Barn
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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: Winterborne Kingston

National Grid Reference: SY 85103 99611


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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 550m north of North Down Barn, although reduced in height by ploughing, will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment. This is one of five barrows at the northern end of North Down.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow, c.800m east of East Farm, one of five at the northern end of North Down close to the parish boundary. The barrow has a mound, c.15m in diameter and 0.3m high, which is most clearly visible from downslope to the south as a low chalk earthwork. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was taken during the monument's construction. This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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: 27394

Legacy System: RSM

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