Long barrow 820m south east of Telegraph Clump


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020709

Date first listed: 14-Dec-1926

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Sep-2002


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Tarrant Launceston

National Grid Reference: ST 92943 08846


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Reasons for Designation

Cranborne Chase is an area of chalkland well known for its high number, density and diversity of archaeological remains. These include a rare combination of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age sites, comprising one of the largest concentrations of burial monuments in England, the largest known cursus (a linear ritual monument) and a significant number and range of henge monuments (Late Neolithic ceremonial centres). Other important remains include a variety of enclosures, settlements, field systems and linear boundaries which date throughout prehistory and into the Romano-British and medieval periods. This high level of survival of archaeological remains is due largely to the later history of the Chase. Cranborne Chase formed a Royal Hunting Ground from at least Norman times, and much of the archaeological survival within the area resulted from associated laws controlling land-use which applied until 1830. The unique archaeological character of the Chase has attracted much attention over the years, notably during the later 19th century, by the pioneering work on the Chase of General Pitt-Rivers, Sir Richard Colt Hoare and Edward Cunnington, often regarded as the fathers of British archaeology. Archaeological investigations have continued throughout the 20th century and to the present day. Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for collective burial, often with only parts of the body selected for internment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. On Cranborne Chase, some long barrows occur in groups and some are also associated with other broadly contemporary monument types, such as the Dorset Cursus. Some long barrows within this area also appear to have acted as foci for later Bronze Age round barrow groups which are concentrated within the surrounding areas. Some 500 examples of long barrows and long cairns, their counterparts in the uplands, are recorded nationally. Long barrows are known to occur across Wessex, and the concentration on Cranborne Chase is particularly significant on account of the range of examples present and their archaeological associations. Long barrows, therefore, form an important feature of the Cranborne Chase landscape. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows on the Chase are considered to be nationally important.

The long barrow 820m south east of Telegraph Clump is a well-preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological deposits providing information about Neolithic burial practices, society and the contemporary landscape.


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The monument includes a long barrow on Blandford Race Down, 820m south east of Telegraph Clump. The barrow has a parallel sided mound, 44m long, 18m wide and up to 1.8m high, oriented approximately south east-north west. There is no clear surface evidence for quarry ditches from which material was derived for the construction of the mound, but they will survive as buried features 5m wide flanking each side. On either side of the mound is a berm, about 3m wide, although this is less clear on the northern side which has been disturbed, probably by wartime activity. Aerial photographs taken at the time show temporary buildings on and near the barrow. This barrow may have been the one partially excavated in 1840 by J H Austen who found an extended inhumation, probably of much later date, 0.76m from the top.

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: 33578

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume IV, (1972), 106

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