Bowl barrow on Okeford Hill 760m ESE of Hartcliff Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015047

Date first listed: 03-Jan-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Dec-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Okeford Hill 760m ESE of Hartcliff Farm
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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: Okeford Fitzpaine

National Grid Reference: ST 81136 09979

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 Okeford Hill, 760m ESE of Hartcliff Farm is a well preserved example of its class and its buried deposits will include archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


The monument includes a bowl barrow on Okeford Hill, 760m ESE of Hartcliff Farm, on a narrow spur sloping northwards from the chalk escarpment. The barrow has a mound which is now 18m east-west by 14m north-south and a maximum of 1m high. 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. There is a slight depression on the north west side of the mound which is c.2.5m long and 1.5m wide which may represent a previous unrecorded excavation.

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: 27447

Legacy System: RSM

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