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Three bowl barrows at the western end of Waterston Ridge, 360m north west of Fidler's Green Farm

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Three bowl barrows at the western end of Waterston Ridge, 360m north west of Fidler's Green Farm

List entry Number: 1019408

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Puddletown

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Stinsford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 25-Mar-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jul-2000

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 33801

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite some reduction by ploughing, the three bowl barrows at the western end of Waterston Ridge, 360m north west of Fidler's Green Farm, survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the wider landscape.

History

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Details

The monument, which falls into three separate areas of protection, includes three bowl barrows arranged in an arc at the western end of Waterston Ridge from which there are panoramic views. The barrows, which were recorded by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England in 1970, each have a mound composed of earth and chalk, with maximum dimensions of between 18m and 23m in diameter and between 0.45m and 1.75m in height. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. The ditches have become infilled over the years, but each will survive as a buried feature about 2m wide. The barrows lie within an extensive area of field system which is likely to have prehistoric origins. The field system has since been reduced by ploughing and is not included in the scheduling.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 257
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 231

National Grid Reference: SY 70963 94413, SY 70973 94567, SY 71001 94493

Map

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