Bind Barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018200

Date first listed: 22-May-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Apr-1998


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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: Burton Bradstock

National Grid Reference: SY 49406 88806


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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.

Bind Barrow is a prominent landmark and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as Bind Barrow, which is situated in a prominent position on the top of a hill close to the cliff edge. The barrow has a mound 17m in diameter and approximately 0.6m high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived. Over the years this has become infilled but will survive as a buried feature approximately 2m wide. The mound has been dug into and damaged probably by wartime activities leaving it uneven and mishapen with a circular area of concrete on the top. A lynchet, possibly representing an old field boundary, extends from the barrow both to the north and the south, but 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.


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Legacy System number: 29599

Legacy System: RSM

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