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Barrow beside Shotcombe Lane

A Scheduled Monument in Toller Porcorum, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7514 / 50°45'5"N

Longitude: -2.6399 / 2°38'23"W

OS Eastings: 354951.990142

OS Northings: 94842.461317

OS Grid: SY549948

Mapcode National: GBR PS.G11L

Mapcode Global: FRA 57C3.7C2

Entry Name: Barrow beside Shotcombe Lane

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002808

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 345

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Toller Porcorum

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Maiden Newton and Valleys

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bowl barrow 520m north-west of Eggardon Hill Farm.

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 north east facing slopes of Eggardon Hill and on a roadside verge immediately north of Shatcombe Lane. The barrow survives as a circular mound of approximately 15m in diameter and up to 1m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. The barrow lies immediately beside the parish boundary between West Compton and Toller Porcorum.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity and many are the subject of separate schedulings.

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 significant animal burrowing activity the bowl barrow 520m north west of Eggardon Hill Farm 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:-451430

Source: Historic England

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