Bowl barrow on Warren Heath, 350m south west of Warren House
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Purbeck (District Authority)
- Bere Regis
- National Grid Reference:
- SY 85476 90997
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
Despite some reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow on Warren Heath, 350m south west of Warren House survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the south eastern part of
Warren Heath, on the edge of a plateau overlooking the confluence of two
tributaries to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed largely of pebble flint, with maximum
dimensions of 25m in diameter and about 0.5m in height. The mound has an
encircling ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of
the monument. When recorded by the Royal Commission on the Historical
Monuments of England in 1970, the ditch was visible to the north and east as
an earthwork 2m wide; this has since become infilled, but will survive as a
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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- Legacy System:
Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 436
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