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Round barrow north of Boswell's Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Puddletown, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7225 / 50°43'20"N

Longitude: -2.3622 / 2°21'43"W

OS Eastings: 374526.4276

OS Northings: 91492.169152

OS Grid: SY745914

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZF.PKR

Mapcode Global: FRA 57Y5.FJZ

Entry Name: Round barrow N of Boswell's Plantation

Scheduled Date: 3 January 1961

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003063

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 494

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Puddletown

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


Bowl barrow 150m north west of Boswells Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 28 January 2016. The 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.

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated just above the floodplain to the north of the River Frome. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 36m in diameter and 1.3m high surrounded by a largely buried quarry ditch of up to 3.5m wide from which the construction material was derived, the ditch is partially visible to the north and is 0.3m deep. The barrow is bisected by a field boundary.

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 150m north west of Boswells Farm 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


PastScape Monument No:-455030

Source: Historic England

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