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Bowl barrow 320m north west of Coombefield Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Litton Cheney, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7162 / 50°42'58"N

Longitude: -2.6531 / 2°39'11"W

OS Eastings: 353989.51322

OS Northings: 90928.084144

OS Grid: SY539909

Mapcode National: GBR PR.YHHJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 57B5.VM6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 320m north west of Coombefield Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1968

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002843

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 442

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Litton Cheney

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Litton Cheney St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the upper south facing slopes of the prominent Hodder's Hill, overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Bride. The barrow survives as a circular mound of up to 13m in diameter and 1.6m high. It is surrounded by a buried quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived. There is a depression in the top slightly north of the centre.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-451514

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 reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation, the bowl barrow 320m north west of Coombefield Farm 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

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