Bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 140m south east of Cull-peppers Dish
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Purbeck (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SY 81480 92429
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
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.
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.
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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,
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.
End of official listing