Bowl barrow on Great Plantation, 420m south east of Woodside


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015345

Date first listed: 01-Oct-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Feb-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Great Plantation, 420m south east of Woodside
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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: East Stoke

National Grid Reference: SY 85833 88321

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.

Despite some disturbance by military tanks, the bowl barrow on Great Plantation, 420m south east of Woodside survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on level ground overlooking a dry-valley to the south west. The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 21m in diameter and c.1.5m in height. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. The ditch is visible as an earthwork with maximum dimensions of 1.5m in width and c.0.5m in depth. Excluded from the scheduling is a metal sign-post, although the underlying ground 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.


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

Legacy System number: 28380

Legacy System: RSM


Mention 1930 survey by the OS, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention 1952 survey by the RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

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