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Barrow on Galton Heath

A Scheduled Monument in Owermoigne, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6728 / 50°40'22"N

Longitude: -2.3128 / 2°18'46"W

OS Eastings: 377988.651222

OS Northings: 85951.965401

OS Grid: SY779859

Mapcode National: GBR 102.Q31

Mapcode Global: FRA 6719.8S2

Entry Name: Barrow on Galton Heath

Scheduled Date: 21 January 1960

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003220

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 281

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Owermoigne

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Owermoigne St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Bowl barrow 965m north east of Moigne Court.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17 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.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of an isolated knoll in the relatively low lying area of Galton Heath. The barrow survives as a circular mound of 17m in diameter and 1m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived.

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 965m north east of Moigne Court survives well and occupies a relatively prominent position in a generally low lying landscape, it 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

Sources

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PastScape Monument No:-453913

Source: Historic England

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