Bowl barrow on Lockyer's Hill, 820m south west of Lower Woodbury Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015363

Date first listed: 26-Feb-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 13-Nov-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Lockyer's Hill, 820m south west of Lower Woodbury Farm
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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: Bere Regis

National Grid Reference: SY 86376 92938


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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 Lockyer's Hill, 820m south west of Lower Woodbury Farm, 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 bowl barrow situated on a ridge, known as Lockyer's Hill, overlooking the Piddle Valley to the south west. The barrow, commonly known as Yon Barrow, has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 15m in diameter and c.2.45m in height. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. The ditch which is visible as an earthwork 1.5m 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.


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Legacy System number: 28374

Legacy System: RSM


Mention 1902 survey by OS, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention name Yon Barrow, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey by RCHME in 1952, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey of ditch by RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

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