Two bowl barrows on Great Ovens Hill, 650m and 570m NNW of Sandford Bridge

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016934

Date first listed: 29-Oct-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows on Great Ovens Hill, 650m and 570m NNW of Sandford Bridge
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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: Wareham St. Martin

National Grid Reference: SY 92186 89436, SY 92196 89536

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 Great Ovens Hill, 650m and 570m NNW of Sandford Bridge survive 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, which falls into two separate areas, includes two bowl barrows, aligned north-south, situated on the south-facing slope of Great Ovens Hill, overlooking a tributary of the River Piddle. The northern barrow, which is situated just below the crest of the ridge, has a mound composed of earth, turf and sand with maximum dimensions of 14m in diameter and about 1m in height. The southern barrow occupies a terrace near to the base of the slope and it includes a mound with maximum dimensions of 13m in diameter and about 0.75m in height. The mounds are each surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled, but each 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

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Legacy System number: 33205

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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