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Round barrow on Dickley Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8009 / 50°48'3"N

Longitude: -2.4855 / 2°29'7"W

OS Eastings: 365878.469821

OS Northings: 100256.680981

OS Grid: ST658002

Mapcode National: GBR MW.YVFF

Mapcode Global: FRA 56PZ.7J4

Entry Name: Round barrow on Dickley Hill

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1960

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002849

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 455

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Cerne Abbas

Built-Up Area: Cerne Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Cerne Abbas St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Bowl barrow 395m south-west of Barton Manor.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 26 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 east facing slopes of Dickley Hill overlooking the dry valley of Higher Hill Bottom and the valley of the River Cerne. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring approximately 8m in diameter and 0.5m high with the surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived preserved as a buried feature.

Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of a separate scheduling.

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 395m south west of Barton Manor 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

Sources

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PastScape Monument No:-198984

Source: Historic England

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