Bowl barrow 760m south west of Afflington Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016935

Date first listed: 19-May-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Sep-1999


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

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck (District Authority)

Parish: Corfe Castle

National Grid Reference: SY 96592 78468


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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 ploughing around the periphery of the mound, the bowl barrow 760m south west of Afflington Barn survives well and is known from partial excavation to contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge overlooking Coombe Bottom to the south east. The barrow has a mound composed of limestone rubble, with maximum dimensions of 16m in diameter and about 1.25m 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 about 2m wide. The barrow was partially excavated by J H Austen in 1855. A cremation within a highly decorated urn associated with stone packing was thought to represent the primary burial. Two smaller urns each containing a cremation were also identified, and an inhumation burial associated with a Romano-British penannular brooch represented an intrusive later deposit. A number of stones, some with signs of burning, have also been identified around the southern area of the barrow mound. Many of the finds discovered during the excavation are now held at the Dorset County Museum. The barrow lies within an area of later field system which has been reduced by ploughing and the surviving remains are not included in the scheduling.

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: 33207

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 443

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