Bowl barrow on Farm Heath, 450m south west of Worgret Heath Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016275

Date first listed: 15-Oct-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Farm Heath, 450m south west of Worgret Heath Farm
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Location

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

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck (District Authority)

Parish: East Stoke

National Grid Reference: SY 89272 87739

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.

Despite some reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow 450m south west of Worgret Heath Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a small knoll overlooking the Piddle Valley to the north. The barrow, which was recorded by the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England (1970), has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 12m in diameter and approximately 0.6m in height. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature 1.5m 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

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

Legacy System number: 29061

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 452
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 452

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