Bowl barrow 800m ESE of Hill Farm

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1015183
Date first listed:
07-Nov-1961
Date of most recent amendment:
07-Feb-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 800m ESE of Hill Farm
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Dorset
District:
North Dorset (District Authority)
Parish:
Tarrant Keyneston
National Grid Reference:
ST 94111 03800

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 800m ESE of Hill Farm, despite being reduced in height by ploughing, will contain within its buried deposits archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, 800m ESE of Hill Farm, one of a group of three adjacent to the parish boundary. The barrow has been reduced in height by ploughing and is visible as a low chalky mound, recorded in 1961 as being 15m in diameter and c.0.25m 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 2m wide. An additional barrow 120m to the north east forms the subject of a separate 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:
27460
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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