Bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of Baker's Folly


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016687

Date first listed: 17-Feb-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Apr-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of Baker's Folly
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Ibberton

National Grid Reference: ST 79194 07221


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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 disturbance, the bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of Baker's Folly survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological deposits providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment. The visible relationship with a section of prehistoric field system is unusual.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of Baker's Folly, on the crest of a ridge just below the summit. The barrow has a mound, 1m high and 17m in diameter. It is now slighty elongated due to erosion caused by a track which clips its eastern edge. A small depression in the centre of the mound suggests partial excavation. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch which provided material for its construction. This is no longer visible but will survive as a buried feature approximately 2m wide. The barrow lies within a prehistoric field system, which is itself overlain in places by a medieval field system. The field systems are not included in the scheduling, except where they fall within the extent of the monument. A prehistoric field bank overlies the barrow ditch at one point thereby demonstrating the stratigraphic relationship of these two features.

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.


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Legacy System number: 31064

Legacy System: RSM

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