Two bowl barrows at Gibbet Firs, 950m south west and 1080m south west of Palmers Ford Works

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016091

Date first listed: 25-Sep-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows at Gibbet Firs, 950m south west and 1080m south west of Palmers Ford Works
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Location

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

County: Dorset

District: Christchurch (District Authority)

Parish: Hurn

National Grid Reference: SZ 09717 99559, SZ 09725 99720

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 two bowl barrows on East Parley Common are part of a dispersed group of barrows on the heathland in this area. Well preserved examples of their class, they will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument, which lies in two areas, includes two bowl barrows at Gibbet Firs on East Parley Common, close to the parish boundary between Hurn and Ferndown Town. The northern barrow has a mound 16m in diameter and 1.8m high surrounded by a quarry ditch, 3m wide, from which material was excavated during its construction. The southern barrow has a mound 20m in diameter and 2m high surrounded by a quarry ditch, 3m wide. A 19th century gibbet formerly stood between the two barrows but there is now no trace of it. 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

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Legacy System number: 29563

Legacy System: RSM

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