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Bowl barrow 390m east of Tuckton Roundabout

A Scheduled Monument in East Southbourne and Tuckton, Bournemouth

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Latitude: 50.7283 / 50°43'41"N

Longitude: -1.7848 / 1°47'5"W

OS Eastings: 415286.138313

OS Northings: 92092.248067

OS Grid: SZ152920

Mapcode National: GBR 55H.CKX

Mapcode Global: FRA 7745.4HJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 390m east of Tuckton Roundabout

Scheduled Date: 5 February 1951

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002350

English Heritage Legacy ID: BO 860

County: Bournemouth

Electoral Ward/Division: East Southbourne and Tuckton

Built-Up Area: Bournemouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bournemouth St Katharine, Southbourne

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on raised ground, overlooking the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Avon at Christchurch Harbour. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring up to 27m long, 17m wide and 2.6m high. It has a buried surrounding quarry ditch, from which the material for its construction was derived.

Sources: PastScape 458591

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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. 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. The bowl barrow 390m east of Tuckton Roundabout survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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