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Barrow south of Wolfeton Clump

A Scheduled Monument in Charminster, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7523 / 50°45'8"N

Longitude: -2.4316 / 2°25'53"W

OS Eastings: 369651.334424

OS Northings: 94838.140663

OS Grid: SY696948

Mapcode National: GBR PY.P3F9

Mapcode Global: FRA 57S3.4J4

Entry Name: Barrow S of Wolfeton Clump

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002806

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 342

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Charminster

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Charminster St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bowl barrow 1020m north east of Hill Barn.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 January 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 on the south facing slopes of Charlton Higher Down to the south of Wolfeton Clump. The barrow survives differentially on either side of a bisecting hedge bank. To the northwest it is an upstanding mound of up to 18m in diameter and 1.5m high with traces of the surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived visible as a slight earthwork whilst to the south east of the hedge these features are retained as buried remains.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity and are scheduled separately.

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 some reduction in the height of part of the mound through past cultivation the bowl barrow 1020m north east of Hill Barn survives comparatively 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


PastScape Monument No:-453324

Source: Historic England

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