Bowl barrow on Worgret Heath, 320m north west of High Tor

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1018190
Date first listed:
09-Oct-1981
Date of most recent amendment:
04-Feb-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Worgret Heath, 320m north west of High Tor
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Location

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

County:
Dorset
District:
Purbeck (District Authority)
Parish:
Arne
National Grid Reference:
SY 89659 87292

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 animal burrowing, the bowl barrow on Worgret Heath, 320m north west of High Tor survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on level ground on the western side of Worgret Heath, a ridge dividing the valleys of the Rivers Frome and Piddle. The barrow lies to the west of a dispersed cemetery of eight round barrows on Worgret Heath. The barrow was recorded by L V Grinsell in 1959 and by the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England in 1970. It has a mound composed of earth sand and turf with maximum dimensions of 20m in diameter and about 0.5m 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.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
29079
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 434
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 86

Legal

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.

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