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Three barrows north of Penn Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Stratton, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7347 / 50°44'4"N

Longitude: -2.5041 / 2°30'14"W

OS Eastings: 364517.669505

OS Northings: 92908.906244

OS Grid: SY645929

Mapcode National: GBR PW.Z1T6

Mapcode Global: FRA 57N4.D8F

Entry Name: Three barrows N of Penn Hill

Scheduled Date: 27 March 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003062

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 354

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Stratton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bradford Peverell Church of the Assumption

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Three bowl barrows 735m south east of Higher Muckleford Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 12 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, which falls into three areas, includes three bowl barrows situated on the upper west facing slopes of a spur to the north west of Penn Hill overlooking the River Frome. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. The mounds vary in size from 16m up to 29m in diameter and from 0.2m up to 0.3m high. They form an outlying group to a nearby round barrow cemetery which is 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. Despite significant reduction in the heights of the mounds through cultivation the three bowl barrows 735m south east of Higher Muckleford Farm will retain 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

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PastScape Monument No:-453791

Source: Historic England

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