Bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 140m south east of Cull-peppers Dish


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015362

Date first listed: 01-Oct-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Feb-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 140m south east of Cull-peppers Dish
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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 81480 92429


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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.

Despite some previous damage by vehicles and disturbance to the mound by an excavation hollow, the bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 140m south east of Cull-peppers Dish, survives comparatively 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 bowl barrow situated on the crest of a ridge overlooking the Frome Valley to the south. The barrow forms part of a group of six which, together, form a round barrow cemetery on Affpuddle Heath and Bryant's Puddle Heath. The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 8.5m in diameter and c.0.75m in height. There is a large hollow on the top of the barrow mound; this was present by 1952 and may relate to a part excavation, although there are no records of this. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. The ditch is no longer visible, as it has become infilled over the years, but it was recorded during the 1950s and will survive as a buried feature c.1.5m wide.

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: 28361

Legacy System: RSM


Mention ditch recorded by RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention hollow recorded by RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey by OS in 1902, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey by RCHME in 1952, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

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