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Two bowl barrows 310m north east of Lancombe Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Chilfrome, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7924 / 50°47'32"N

Longitude: -2.6136 / 2°36'48"W

OS Eastings: 356849.8997

OS Northings: 99382.7313

OS Grid: SY568993

Mapcode National: GBR MP.ZKMT

Mapcode Global: FRA 56DZ.ZL0

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 310m north east of Lancombe Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1980

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002863

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 497

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Chilfrome

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Chilfrome Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl barrows situated on the upper north east facing slopes of the prominent North Hill which forms the watershed between the Rivers Frome and Hooke. The barrows survive as circular mounds, surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which their construction material was derived. The south western mound measures approximately 11m in diameter and 0.4m high. The north eastern mound is 9m in diameter and up to 1m high. It is closely associated with a surrounding Iron Age or Romano British field system re-used in the medieval period which is not included in the scheduling.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-450589

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 heights of the mounds through past cultivation, the two bowl barrows 310m north east of Lancombe Farm survive comparatively 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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