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Two bowl barrows on Drove Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6736 / 50°40'24"N

Longitude: -2.2812 / 2°16'52"W

OS Eastings: 380223.024

OS Northings: 86027.136

OS Grid: SY802860

Mapcode National: GBR 104.L2S

Mapcode Global: FRA 6739.92X

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows on Drove Hill

Scheduled Date: 27 February 1957

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002765

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 256

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winfrith Newburgh

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: The Lulworths, Winfrith Newburgh and Chaldon

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl barrows situated on the south west-facing slopes of Drove Hill, overlooking the sources of several small tributaries to the River Frome in the otherwise relatively low-lying area of Whitcombe Vale. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches, from which their construction material was derived. The western barrow mound is 12m in diameter and 0.7m high; the eastern mound is 15m in diameter, 1m high and has a central excavation hollow.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-455300

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 partial early excavation, the two bowl barrows on Drove Hill survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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