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Round barrow on North Field Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.805 / 50°48'17"N

Longitude: -2.5378 / 2°32'16"W

OS Eastings: 362199.764408

OS Northings: 100739.020822

OS Grid: ST621007

Mapcode National: GBR MT.YLVG

Mapcode Global: FRA 56KZ.53C

Entry Name: Round barrow on North Field Hill

Scheduled Date: 4 May 1962

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002464

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 629

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Sydling St. Nicholas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Sydling St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Bowl barrow 960m WSW of Up Sydling Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 February 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated close to the summit on fairly steep east facing slopes of the prominent North Field Hill overlooking the valley of the Sydling Water. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 20m in diameter and 0.2m high surrounded by the buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. There is a slight central depression on the summit.

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 960m WSW of Up Sydling Farm 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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Source: Historic England

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