Three bowl barrows on High Bullen 230m south west of Hazelbower


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018872

Date first listed: 11-Jun-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jul-1999


Ordnance survey map of Three bowl barrows on High Bullen 230m south west of Hazelbower
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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: Whitchurch Canonicorum

National Grid Reference: SY 40628 94220


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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 barrows on High Bullen 230m south west of Hazelbower are unusually small in size and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.


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The monument includes three adjacent bowl barrows, aligned east-west, on High Bullen, 230m south west of Hazelbower, on a south facing slope just below the summit of the hill and close to the parish boundary. The barrows have mounds ranging between 4m and 6m in diameter and between 0.3m and 0.5m in height. Each is surrounded by a quarry ditch. These have become infilled over the years, but will survive as buried features approximately 1m 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: 31061

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