Bell barrow and bowl barrow 580m east of Clyffe House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015354

Date first listed: 13-Dec-1929

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Mar-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bell barrow and bowl barrow 580m east of Clyffe House
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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: Affpuddle

National Grid Reference: SY 78754 92204


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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.

Despite some disturbance by military trenches, the bell barrow and bowl barrow 580m east of Clyffe House survive well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The outer bank and ditch of the bowl barrow are unusual components.


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The monument includes a bell barrow and a bowl barrow, aligned north east by south west and situated on a ridge known as Pallington Clump, overlooking the Piddle Valley to the south. The barrows form part of a group of six which, together, form a round barrow cemetery on the northern part of Pallington Heath. The bell barrow, which is situated to the north east, has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 23m in diameter and c.2m in height. The mound is surrounded by a berm, or gently sloping platform, first identified in 1952, but which is no longer obvious as an earthwork. The berm is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch is visible as an earthwork 2.5m wide and c.0.5m deep. The bowl barrow, which is situated to the south west, has a mound composed of similar material, with maximum dimensions of 20m in diameter and c.1.2m in height. The mound is surrounded by an inner quarry ditch 3.5m wide and c.0.5m deep, a bank 5m wide and c.0.6m high, and an outer quarry ditch 2m wide and c.0.5m deep.

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: 28342

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 434
Mention slit trenches on mound,
Mention survey by RCHME in 1952, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention tree clump circle,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

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