Four bowl barrows 240m east of Oak Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015369

Date first listed: 28-Sep-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Mar-1997


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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 86367 95080


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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 four bowl barrows 240m east of Oak Cottage survive well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which the barrows were constructed.


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The monument includes a group of four bowl barrows situated on a ridge, known as Broomhill, overlooking the Piddle Valley to the south. The barrows each have a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of between 13m-17m in diameter and between c.1.2m-1.8m in height. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the years, but will survive as buried features c.1.5m-2m 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: 28367

Legacy System: RSM


Mention Grinsell's visit to barrow, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention Grinsell's visit to site, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

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