Bell barrow 70m west of Fidler's Green


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017262

Date first listed: 27-Mar-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Dec-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bell barrow 70m west of Fidler's Green
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Stinsford

National Grid Reference: SY 70560 94085


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Reasons for Designation

Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows (particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The bell barrow 70m west of Fidler's Green survives well, despite ploughing around the periphery, and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the wider landscape.


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The monument includes a bell barrow situated on a low spur, with views over the Frome Valley to the south west. The barrow was recorded by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England in 1970. It includes a mound composed of earth and chalk, with maximum dimensions of 20m in diameter and about 2.5m in height, surrounded by a berm, or gently sloping platform, 2.5m wide, and an outer ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. The ditch was recorded as an earthwork 4m wide in 1970 and, although it has since become infilled, it will survive as a buried feature. The barrow lies within an extensive area of field system which is likely to have prehistoric origins. The field system has since been reduced by ploughing and is 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.


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

Legacy System number: 33167

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 257

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