Bowl barrow on Wancombe Hill 380m south west of southern corner of Sherriffs Wood

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015178

Date first listed: 11-Jul-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Mar-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Wancombe Hill 380m south west of southern corner of Sherriffs Wood
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Location

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County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Up Cerne

National Grid Reference: ST 64605 02212

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 Wancombe Hill, 380m south west of southern corner of Sherriffs Wood is a well preserved example of its class 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 bowl barrow on a west facing slope on Wancombe Hill 380m south west of southern corner of Sherriffs Wood. The barrow has a flat topped mound, c.18m in diameter and a maximum of 1.5m high, the surface of which is covered in flint. There is no visible sign of a quarry ditch surrounding the mound but this will survive as a buried feature 2m wide. The barrow lies between two steep field lynchets which are undated and not 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

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Legacy System number: 27470

Legacy System: RSM

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