Bowl barrow 70m south east of West End Barn
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1014854
Date first listed: 17-Feb-1961
Date of most recent amendment: 24-Jul-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: Milborne St. Andrew
National Grid Reference: SY 78879 96350
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 70m south east of West End Barn, although reduced in height by ploughing and damaged by the insertion of a brick inspection hole, will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.
The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow at the head of a shallow
combe which extends to the east. The barrow has a mound which has been reduced
in height by ploughing although it is visible as an earthwork, c.30m in
diameter and 0.5m high. There is no clear indication of a quarry ditch
surrounding the mound but it will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.
This barrow has been damaged by the insertion of a brick inspection hole for a
pipeline. The brick structure is excluded from the scheduling although the
ground beneath it 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: 27397
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.
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