Bowl barrow on Plush Hill 600m ESE of Lower Farm, Plush

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015037

Date first listed: 09-Mar-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Dec-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Plush Hill 600m ESE of Lower Farm, Plush
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Location

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County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Piddletrenthide

National Grid Reference: ST 71933 01761

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 on Plush Hill 600m ESE of Lower Farm, despite limited disturbance to the mound, will include within its buried deposits archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow 600m ESE of Lower Farm, one of an original group of eight barrows on Plush Hill. The barrow has a mound which is 18m in diameter and a maximum of 1.5m high with a hollow centre, possibly the result of an unrecorded antiquarian excavation. 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 3m wide. Some 150m to the east is an additional barrow which forms the subject of a separate scheduling. These barrows lie within a Celtic field system which has been fragmented by ploughing and is not therefore included in the scheduling.

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: 27437

Legacy System: RSM

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