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Round barrow in Grimstone Clumps

A Scheduled Monument in Stratton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7543 / 50°45'15"N

Longitude: -2.5043 / 2°30'15"W

OS Eastings: 364518.524

OS Northings: 95084.82707

OS Grid: SY645950

Mapcode National: GBR PW.XV1Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 57N2.S7M

Entry Name: Round barrow in Grimstone Clumps

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1960

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002832

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 420

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Stratton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Stratton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bowl barrow 530m north west of Hog Hill Barn.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 14 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 upper south facing slopes of the prominent Hog Hill in an area known as Grimstone Clumps overlooking the valley of the River Frome. The barrow survives as an elongated mound measuring 19.5m from north to south and 13.5m from east to west and up to 1.7m high. There is a depression in the summit. The mound stands on a roughly rectangular platform or berm of up to 0.2m high enclosed by a partially buried ditch of up to 2m wide and 0.2m deep. Further archaeological remains in the vicinity 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. The bowl barrow 530m north west of Hog Hill Barn survives 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:-453212

Source: Historic England

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