Bowl barrow on Canford Heath 300m east of Alhambra


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018489

Date first listed: 20-Jan-1932

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Jul-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Canford Heath 300m east of Alhambra
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District: Poole (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: SZ 02617 96899


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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.

The bowl barrow on Canford Heath 300m east of Alhambra is a well preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow, 300m east of Alhambra, part of a dispersed group of barrows on Canford Heath. The barrow has a mound 15m in diameter and 1.3m high with a depression in the top indicating that it may have been excavated in the past. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material to construct it was derived. This is visible as a depression up to 2m wide. Surface digging up to the edge of the ditch on the northern, western and southern sides have reduced the ground level on these sides leaving a narrow bank which gives the false impression of an outer earthwork.

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: 31060

Legacy System: RSM

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