Bowl barrow on Limekiln Hill 500m north of Labour-in-Vain Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- West Dorset (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SY 54465 86847
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 on Limekiln Hill 500m north of Labour-in-Vain Farm is a well preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated just below the crest of Limekiln
Hill 500m north of Labour-in-Vain Farm.
The barrow has an irregular, flat-topped mound, 21m in diameter and 1.5m high,
which has been disturbed on the sides, possibly by past ploughing, and
elsewhere by animal burrowing. There is no clear evidence for the quarry ditch
surrounding the mound, although there is a broad surface depression on the
north and east sides; it will however survive as a buried feature about 3m
A large mound 30m to the north cannot be positively identified as a barrow,
nor has its date and nature been ascertained. It is therefore not included in
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.
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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