Bowl barrow 400m ESE of Ashley Wood Golf Club House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015952

Date first listed: 26-Mar-1934

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Feb-1997


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Tarrant Rawston

National Grid Reference: ST 92029 06345


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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 400m ESE of the club house at Ashley Wood Golf Club is a well preserved example of its class and is associated with other bowl barrows on Rawston Down, a later hillfort and its associated linear earthworks. The barrow will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow 400m ESE of the Club House at Ashley Wood Golf Club, one of several barrows on Rawston Down. The barrow lies close to, and appears to be respected by, one of the linear earthworks which extend eastwards from Buzbury Rings hillfort. The barrow has a mound 22m in diameter and 3m high, which is slightly flattened on top. The mound is surrounded by a ditch 3m wide and 0.3m deep. Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts although the ground beneath them 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.


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Legacy System number: 27364

Legacy System: RSM

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