Four bowl barows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m north west of Clyffe House

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016378

Date first listed: 23-Feb-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Dec-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Four bowl barows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m north west of Clyffe House
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Location

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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Tolpuddle

National Grid Reference: SY 77784 92996, SY 77931 92855, SY 78044 92838

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 barrows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m west of Clyffe House are well preserved examples of their class and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument, which lies within three areas of protection, includes four bowl barrows 710m north, 750m north west and 950m west of Clyffe House. The barrows range in diameter between 12m and 20m and in height between 0.2m and 1.6m. All are surrounded by quarry ditches from which material was excavated during their construction. Where these are not visible on the surface they have become infilled over the years and survive as buried features some 2m wide. A fifth barrow 100m to the north of the most easterly barrow cannot be identified on the ground and is not included in the scheduling. 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: 29583

Legacy System: RSM

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