Two bowl barrows on Furze Hill, 800m north east of Miller's Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016282

Date first listed: 23-Dec-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows on Furze Hill, 800m north east of Miller's 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: Morden

National Grid Reference: SY 91725 98126

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 Furze Hill survive 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 two bowl barrows, aligned north east by south west, situated on the western side of a south-facing slope, overlooking the Winterborne Valley to the south west. The barrows represent two of four which occur within the area. The barrows each have a mound composed of chalk, earth and turf, with maximum dimensions of between 19m-21m in diameter and approximately 0.55m-1.2m in height. The southern side of the south eastern barrow mound has been partly truncated by a track aligned north east by south west. Surrounding each mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the years, but each will survive as a buried feature 2m wide. Excluded from the scheduling are the fence posts relating to the modern field boundary, 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 29069

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Mention barrow, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

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