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Bradford Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Pamphill, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8415 / 50°50'29"N

Longitude: -2.0284 / 2°1'42"W

OS Eastings: 398098.025712

OS Northings: 104661.781605

OS Grid: ST980046

Mapcode National: GBR 315.40X

Mapcode Global: FRA 66MW.5LC

Entry Name: Bradford Barrow

Scheduled Date:

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002713

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 103

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Pamphill

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Witchampton, Stanbridge and Long Crichel with More Crichel

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Roman barrow called Bradford Barrow.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 15 December 2015. The 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.

The monument includes a Roman barrow situated on the lower north east facing slope of a ridge overlooking the River Allen. The Roman barrow survives as a large conical mound measuring up to 35m in diameter and 6m high with traces of a surrounding partially buried ditch. To the north east a quarry has cut the barrow ditch and during 1967-8 parts of human skeletons from this ditch were exposed in the quarry edge. A partial excavation was carried out in this area in 1969 and revealed a flat bottomed ditch of approximately1.8m wide and up to 1.5m deep. The mound had been constructed on a base scraped from the natural chalk. The few finds included a piece of corroded iron, oyster shell and Romano-British pottery from undisturbed layers within the mound confirming a Romano-British date.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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.

Earthen barrows are the most visually spectacular survivals of a wide variety of funerary monuments in Britain dating to the Roman period. Constructed as steep-sided conical mounds, usually of considerable size and occasionally with an encircling bank or ditch, they covered one or more burials, generally believed to be those of high-ranking individuals. The burials were mainly cremations, although inhumations have been recorded, and were often deposited with accompanying grave goods in chambers or cists constructed of wood, tile or stone sealed beneath the barrow mound. Occasionally the mound appears to have been built directly over a funeral pyre. The barrows usually occur singly, although they can be grouped into "cemeteries" of up to ten examples. They are sited in a variety of locations but often occur near Roman roads. A small number of barrows were of particularly elaborate construction, with masonry revetment walls or radial internal walls. Roman barrows are rare nationally, with less than 150 recorded examples, and are generally restricted to lowland England with the majority in East Anglia. The earliest examples date to the first decades of the Roman occupation and occur mainly within this East Anglian concentration. It has been suggested that they are the graves of native British aristocrats who chose to perpetuate aspects of Iron Age burial practice. The majority of the barrows were constructed in the early second century AD but by the end of that century the fashion for barrow building appears to have ended. Occasionally the barrows were reused when secondary Anglo-Saxon burials were dug into the mound. Many barrows were subjected to cursory investigation by antiquarians in the 19th century and, as little investigation to modern standards has taken place, they remain generally poorly understood. As a rare monument type which exhibits a wide diversity of burial tradition all Roman barrows, unless significantly damaged, are identified as nationally important.

Despite partial cutting by the quarry the Roman barrow called Bradford Barrow survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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PastScape Monument No:-209466

Source: Historic England

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