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Group of three round barrows north east of Jackman's Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Stratton, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7638 / 50°45'49"N

Longitude: -2.4971 / 2°29'49"W

OS Eastings: 365038.449634

OS Northings: 96143.769038

OS Grid: SY650961

Mapcode National: GBR PW.X9QB

Mapcode Global: FRA 57N2.907

Entry Name: Group of three round barrows NE of Jackman's Cross

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1960

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002833

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 421

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

Summary

Three bowl barrows 150m NNE of Jackman’s Cross.

Source: Historic England

Details

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, which falls into three areas, includes three bowl barrows situated on the summit of a prominent spur of Hog Hill which forms the watershed between the valleys of the Sydling Water and River Cerne and overlooks the dry valley of Watcombe Bottom. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. The mounds vary in size from 6m up to 18m in diameter and from 0.6m up to 1.8m high. The north eastern and south western barrows both have central excavation hollows in the summits of the mounds.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity some are scheduled separately but others are not included because they have not been formally assessed.

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 and some tree growth, the three bowl barrows 150m NNE of Jackman’s Cross survive 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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PastScape Monument No:-453202 and 452960

Source: Historic England

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