Bowl barrow 600m south of Plantation Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- North Dorset (District Authority)
- Tarrant Launceston
- National Grid Reference:
- ST 95590 11895
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
The bowl barrow 600m south of Plantation Farm survives well and is known from part excavation to contain information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.
The monument includes a bowl barrow 600m south of Plantation Farm, one of two
barrows which straddle the parish boundary.
The barrow has a mound, flattened on top, which is 12m in diameter and 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 will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. The barrow was partly
excavated in 1938 and was found to contain a primary cremation contained in an
upright urn which originally probably had a wooden cover, set in a pit cut
into the chalk.
There is an additional barrow c.40m to the north which forms the subject of a
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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Books and journals
Piggott, S, C M, , 'Archaeologia' in Excavation of Barrows on Crichel and Launceston Downs, Dorset, , Vol. 90, (1944), 71-73
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.
End of official listing