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Bowl Barrow, 710m south-west of Woolcombe Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Toller Porcorum, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7532 / 50°45'11"N

Longitude: -2.6428 / 2°38'33"W

OS Eastings: 354752.852538

OS Northings: 95043.752028

OS Grid: SY547950

Mapcode National: GBR PS.FSCD

Mapcode Global: FRA 57C3.082

Entry Name: Bowl Barrow, 710m south-west of Woolcombe Farm

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1958

Last Amended: 10 August 2017

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002809

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 346

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Toller Porcorum

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Powerstock with West Milton Witherstone and North Porton St Mary The Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bowl barrow, of probable Bronze Age date.

Source: Historic England


PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS: the monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a bowl barrow located on chalk uplands, on the lower eastern slope of Ison Hill.

DESCRIPTION: the barrow is clearly defined as a roughly oval-shaped, rather than circular, mound which is probably due to past cultivation. It measures approximately 11m by 8m and is some 0.7m high, with a shallow depression in the centre of the mound. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material was excavated during the construction of the mound, is no longer visible at ground level, but it is likely to survive as a buried feature.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The prehistoric Bowl Barrow 710m south-west of Woolcombe Farm is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Degree of survival: as a well-preserved earthwork representing the diversity of burial practices, beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities;
* Potential: for the stratified archaeological deposits which will retain information on the individuals buried within and, as part of a wider multi-period landscape, it will also contribute to our understanding of the continuity and change in the use of this landscape since the Bronze Age;
* Group value: it is located in an area that has a dense concentration of monuments and it has a strong spatial relationship with other scheduled monuments including further burial mounds, an Iron Age hillfort and prehistoric or Iron Age field systems.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments England, , An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset volume 1, (1952), 185
Dorset HER No.1 091 029 F

Source: Historic England

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