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Round barrow 250yds (230m) south of Chapel Coppice

A Scheduled Monument in Abbotsbury, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.657 / 50°39'25"N

Longitude: -2.6043 / 2°36'15"W

OS Eastings: 357379.368503

OS Northings: 84319.115

OS Grid: SY573843

Mapcode National: GBR PT.7BPN

Mapcode Global: FRA 57FB.P6S

Entry Name: Round barrow 250yds (230m) S of Chapel Coppice

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1962

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002733

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 171

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Abbotsbury

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Abbotsbury St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Bowl barrow 590m south west of Horsepool Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17 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 bowl barrow situated on the lower south east facing slopes of Chapel Hill overlooking the West Fleet and Chesil Beach. The barrow survives as a circular mound with its surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived preserved as a buried feature. The mound measures 6.5m in diameter and up to 0.4m high.

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.

Despite reduction in the height of the mound through past cultivation the bowl barrow 590m south west of Horsepool Farm 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

Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-450558

Source: Historic England

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