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Two round barrows in Doles Hill Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Piddlehinton, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7851 / 50°47'6"N

Longitude: -2.375 / 2°22'30"W

OS Eastings: 373659.013859

OS Northings: 98458.488891

OS Grid: SY736984

Mapcode National: GBR 0YN.LCM

Mapcode Global: FRA 57X0.GKG

Entry Name: Two round barrows in Doles Hill Plantation

Scheduled Date: 12 December 1960

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002873

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 517

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Piddlehinton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Piddlehinton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Two bowl barrows 1465m north-east of Bourne Park.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 February 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 two separate areas, includes two bowl barrows situated on the upper south facing slopes of a prominent ridge known as Hog Leaze overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Piddle or Trent. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. The northern mound is up to 12m in diameter and 0.5m high with a slightly sunken hollow in the centre. The southern mound measures 18m in diameter and 1.2m high.

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 some past cultivation and tree growth the two bowl barrows 1465m north east of Bourne Park 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

Sources

Other
PastScape 454700 and 454705

Source: Historic England

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