Bowl barrow 250m south of Plantation Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015188

Date first listed: 28-Mar-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Mar-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 250m south of Plantation Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: East Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Long Crichel

National Grid Reference: ST 95681 12262


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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 250m south of Plantation Farm, is a comparatively well preserved example of its class and will contain within its buried deposits archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow adjacent to the parish boundary 250m south of Plantation Farm, part of a group of three barrows west of Thickthorn Wood. The barrow has a mound, 17m in diameter and up to c.1.5m high. The mound has been dug into in the past on the north western side leaving a depression c.6m by 3.5m. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was excavated during its construction. This is visible as a slight surface depression in places and will survive as a buried feature c.3m wide. All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath these features is included.

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.


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Legacy System number: 27465

Legacy System: RSM

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