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Round barrow west of Druce Higher Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Piddlehinton, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.776 / 50°46'33"N

Longitude: -2.3669 / 2°22'0"W

OS Eastings: 374227.431761

OS Northings: 97447.575762

OS Grid: SY742974

Mapcode National: GBR 0YV.8FK

Mapcode Global: FRA 57X1.CQF

Entry Name: Round barrow W of Druce Higher Barn

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1960

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002874

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 518

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Piddlehinton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Puddletown with Athelhampton and Burleston St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Bowl barrow 340m west of Druce Higher Barn.

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 includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a prominent hill which forms the watershed between the valleys of the River Piddle or Trent and the Devil’s Brook. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 20m in diameter and up to 0.4m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was obtained. Further archaeological remains which survive in the vicinity are not included in the scheduling because they have not been formally assessed.

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 340m west of Druce Higher Barn 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

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PastScape 454715

Source: Historic England

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