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Round barrow on Black Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8003 / 50°48'1"N

Longitude: -2.4643 / 2°27'51"W

OS Eastings: 367378.467505

OS Northings: 100187.213283

OS Grid: ST673001

Mapcode National: GBR MX.YTQN

Mapcode Global: FRA 56QZ.9T4

Entry Name: Round barrow on Black Hill

Scheduled Date: 12 January 1961

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002847

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 452

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Cerne Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Cerne Abbas St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Bowl barrow 550m south-west of Black Hill Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 20 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 Black Hill above a spur extending to Green Hill and overlooking the dry valleys of Francombe Bottom and Oxencombe Bottom. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 16m in diameter and 1.7m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. There is an early excavation hollow in the centre of the mound. 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. Despite partial early excavation the bowl barrow 550m south west of Black 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:-198989

Source: Historic England

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