Bowl barrow on Whitcombe Hill, 600m west of Stafford Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017281

Date first listed: 09-Jun-2000


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Whitcombe Hill, 600m west of Stafford Farm
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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: West Stafford

National Grid Reference: SY 71932 88781

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 barrow 600m west of Stafford Farm, one of two on Whitcombe Hill, is a comparatively well preserved example of its class and will include archaeological deposits containing information about Bronze Age burial practices, society and the contemporary environment.


The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of a pair situated on Whitcombe Hill. The barrow has a mound 29m in diameter and up to 1m high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was derived for its construction. This has largely silted up over the years, although traces are visible to the south east of the mound. Elsewhere, the ditch will survive as a buried feature about 3m in diameter.

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: 33538

Legacy System: RSM

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