Bowl barrow 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015033

Date first listed: 17-Jul-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Nov-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort
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Location

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County: Dorset

District: North Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Milborne St. Andrew

National Grid Reference: SY 79871 96127

Summary

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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 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort, although reduced in height by ploughing and despite the possibility of part excavation, will contain archaeological remains including information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort which lies near the summit of a low spur sloping north and east at the northern end of Warren Hill. The mound has been reduced in height by ploughing but has been previously recorded as having a mound 17m in diameter and 0.5m high on the downside slope, although it is no longer visible. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was excavated during its construction. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The barrow is probably that excavated in 1881 by J C Mansel-Pleydell when it produced pottery, ashes and a fossil.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 27433

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Mansel-Pleydell J C, , 'Procs of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc' in , , Vol. 5, (1882), 30-32

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