Bowl barrow on Northport Heath, 200m south east of Forest Lodge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015342

Date first listed: 01-Oct-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Nov-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Northport Heath, 200m south east of Forest Lodge
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck (District Authority)

Parish: Wareham St. Martin

National Grid Reference: SY 90416 89359


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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 Northport Heath, 200m south east of Forest Lodge, survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a mound, interpreted as a bowl barrow, situated on level ground on Northport Heath. The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 14m in diameter and c.1.1m in height. The mound was surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature c.1.5m wide, except on the eastern side where it has been truncated by a pond.

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Legacy System number: 28377

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Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 139
Title: Ordnance Survey 6" Series Source Date: 1930 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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