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Bowl barrow 220m north west of Gore Farm

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 220m north west of Gore Farm

List entry Number: 1015018

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Fontmell Magna

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 12-Jul-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Apr-1996

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 27346

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 220m north west of Gore Farm is a comparatively well preserved example located in a prominent position just below the crest of the hill. Despite the fact that the profile of the barrow mound may have been modified it survives to an overall height of 1m and will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow 220m north west of Gore Farm. The barrow mound, which has possibly been modified by ornamental landscaping is small (3m by 2.5m north-south and 0.4m high) and is set eccentrically within a circular bank 3m wide, 0.2m high on its inner side and 0.8m high on its outer side. The platform defined by this bank is 11.2m by 10.8m and is raised above the level of the ground around the monument. Surrounding the mound area is a ditch, 2m wide and 0.3m deep, which is clearly visible only on the western side of the monument where there is a slight outer bank. The ditch has been disturbed by quarrying on the north and south sides. The monument has an overall diameter of 20m.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 108,168

National Grid Reference: ST 88888 18203

Map

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