The Hundred Barrow, a bowl barrow 350m south west of Chalk Pit Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015892

Date first listed: 21-Jul-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Apr-1997


Ordnance survey map of The Hundred Barrow, a bowl barrow 350m south west of Chalk Pit 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 84460 93771


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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 Hundred Barrow, a bowl barrow 350m south west of Chalk Pit Farm, survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The survival of the name `Hundred Barrow' reflects the importance that the site held during the medieval period.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as the Hundred Barrow, situated on a spur overlooking the Bere Valley to the east. The barrow is situated 800m to the south east of a broadly contemporary round barrow cemetery on Black Hill. The barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint, with maximum dimensions of 16m in diameter and c.2.2m in height, surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The quarry ditch has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature c.1.5m wide. The name `Hundred Barrow' reflects the selection of the site as the meeting place of the assembly from Bere during the Norman and successive medieval periods. Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts relating to the modern field boundaries, although the ground beneath 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.


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

Legacy System number: 28331

Legacy System: RSM


Mention Barrow Hundred, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention Hundred of Bere, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

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