Two bowl barrows in Plumley Wood, 800m and 850m south of decoy pond, on Cranborne Common


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018756

Date first listed: 04-Feb-1999


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows in Plumley Wood, 800m and 850m south of decoy pond, on Cranborne Common
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: New Forest (District Authority)

Parish: Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley

National Grid Reference: SU 10962 10101, SU 11085 10085


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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.

Despite some disturbance by tree planting operations and the partial levelling of the periphery of the eastern barrow by a forest track, the two bowl barrows in Plumley Wood 800m and 850m south of decoy pond on Cranborne common survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. These are two of a number of barrows surviving in this area of Ringwood Forest.


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The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl barrows aligned broadly east-west, situated on a prominent ridge with panoramic views. The barrows were recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1959. Each has a mound composed of sand, earth and turf, with maximum dimensions of 20m in diameter and about 1.2m in height. Surrounding each mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during their construction. These have become infilled over the years, but each will survive as a buried feature 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.


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Legacy System number: 31909

Legacy System: RSM


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