Fern Barrow: a bowl barrow on Talbot Heath


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018033

Date first listed: 26-Feb-1979

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Apr-1998


Ordnance survey map of Fern Barrow: a bowl barrow on Talbot Heath
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Poole (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: SZ 06983 92595


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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.

Fern Barrow, will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow on Talbot Heat. The barrow has a mound 14m in diameter and 1m high which has been disturbed by past digging particularly on the northern side. The quarry ditch surrounding the mound and from which the material to construct the mound was derived is no longer visible but will survive as a buried feature about 2m wide. A detailed survey of the mound was carried out by Poole Museum in 1996. All fence posts and wires associated with the radio mast are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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: 29594

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Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 126

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