Three bowl barrows 230m south west of Haywards Farm

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1015333
Date first listed:
09-Mar-2001

Map

Ordnance survey map of Three bowl barrows 230m south west of Haywards Farm
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Location

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

County:
Dorset
District:
Purbeck (District Authority)
Parish:
Bere Regis
National Grid Reference:
SY 81939 96475

Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Bowl barrows are the most numerous form of round barrow, with over 10,000 examples recorded nationally. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, each covering single or multiple burials. Despite some reduction by ploughing, the three bowl barrows 230m south west of Haywards Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Details

The monument includes three bowl barrows, aligned broadly north west-south east, situated on the crest of a north east facing slope of the Bere valley. The barrows form part of a wider group of 11 which, together, form a round barrow cemetery on Roke Down. The barrows each have a mound composed of earth, flint and chalk, with maximum dimensions of between 20m-22m in diameter and 0.5m in height. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the years, but each will survive as a buried feature about 2m wide. Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts, although the ground beneath them 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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
28397
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 436

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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