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Bell barrow known as Belle Vue Barrow, and a bowl barrow 250m north east of Hillamsland

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bell barrow known as Belle Vue Barrow, and a bowl barrow 250m north east of Hillamsland

List entry Number: 1015994

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: East Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ferndown Town

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 13-Jul-1932

Date of most recent amendment: 06-Aug-1997

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 29551

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows (particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The bell barrow 250m north east of Hillamsland is a comparatively well preserved example of its class. The bowl barrow, a more common type of barrow, is also comparatively well preserved. Both are part of a dispersed group of barrows on the heathlands in this area 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 bell barrow known as Belle Vue Barrow, and a bowl barrow, 250m north east of Hillamsland, part of a dispersed group of barrows on the former heathlands of Hampreston and East Parley. The bell barrow has a mound formerly recorded as being 22m in diameter, surrounded by a sloping berm, 4m wide, and is 1.5m high. Surrounding the mound and berm is a quarry ditch from which material was excavated during the construction of the barrow. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature 3m wide. Approximately 12m south west of the bell barrow is a bowl barrow which has a mound, 10m in diameter and approximately 1m high, surrounded by a quarry ditch which survives as a buried feature approximately 2m wide. 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.

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National Grid Reference: SZ 07219 98555

Map

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