Two bowl barrows 165m west of Veiny Cheese Pond
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- East Dorset (District Authority)
- Long Crichel
- National Grid Reference:
- ST 96243 11662
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
The bowl barrows 165m west of Veiny Cheese Farm, despite being reduced in height by ploughing, form part of a dispersed group, and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.
The monument includes two bowl barrows on a south east facing slope, 165m west
of Veiny Cheese Pond, part of a dispersed group of barrows scattered on
the western side of the Crichel Valley.
The northern barrow has a mound c.25m in diameter and 0.3m high. The second
barrow, c.55m to the south east, has a mound 27m diameter and 0.3m high.
Surrounding each mound is a quarry ditch from which material was excavated
during their construction. These have become infilled over the years but
survive as buried features c.3m wide.
An additional barrow 80m to the north west is the subject of a separate
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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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