Bowl barrow 250m west of Ferndown Upper School

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015791

Date first listed: 23-Nov-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Apr-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 250m west of Ferndown Upper School
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Location

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County: Dorset

District: East Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Ferndown Town

National Grid Reference: SU 06677 00735

Summary

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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 disturbance to the mound, the bowl barrow 250m west of Ferndown Upper School is a comparatively well preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, 250m west of Ferndown Upper School, one of a dispersed group of barrows on the heathland in this area. The barrow has a recorded diameter of 20m and survives to a height of c.1m. The mound is surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material was excavated during its construction. This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. The mound shows signs of disturbance, especially on its north west side. All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath these features is included.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 27477

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Mounuments in the County of Dorset: Volume V, (1974), 29

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