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Pigeon House long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Frampton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7311 / 50°43'52"N

Longitude: -2.529 / 2°31'44"W

OS Eastings: 362758.246149

OS Northings: 92521.402261

OS Grid: SY627925

Mapcode National: GBR PW.DF2F

Mapcode Global: FRA 57L4.VYT

Entry Name: Pigeon House long barrow

Scheduled Date: 17 July 1961

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003203

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 35

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Frampton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Frampton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Long barrow 730m SSE of Pigeon House.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 15 December 2015. 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.

The monument includes a long barrow situated on a gently north facing slope overlooking the distant valley of the River Frome. The long barrow survives as a slightly stony rectangular mound aligned from north west to south east which measures approximately 45m long, 19m wide and up to 1.2m high. The side ditches normally associated with long barrows are preserved as entirely buried features.

Other archaeological remains in the vicinity are scheduled separately.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 examples of long barrows and long cairns, their counterparts in the uplands, are recorded nationally. They represent one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and are comparatively rare and of considerable age and longevity as a monument type.

Despite reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation the long barrow 730m SSE of Pigeon House will retain 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:-453613

Source: Historic England

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