Bowl barrow 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015997

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930

Date of most recent amendment: 16-May-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm
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Location

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County: Dorset

District: East Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Ferndown Town

National Grid Reference: SU 09511 00765

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.

The bowl barrow 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm is one of a dispersed group of barrows on the heathland in this area and is a comparatively well preserved example of its class. It 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 750m south west of Palmers Ford Farm, one of a dispersed group of barrows on the heathland of Parley Common. The barrow has a mound, 28m in diameter and c.1.5 high, surrounded by a quarry ditch, from which material was excavated during its construction. This has become infilled over time but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

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

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Legacy System number: 29554

Legacy System: RSM

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