Bowl barrow on Whitcombe Hill, 600m west of Stafford Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1017281
Date first listed: 09-Jun-2000
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
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
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
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing