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Bowl barrow 850m north west of Barrowland Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Powerstock, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7704 / 50°46'13"N

Longitude: -2.6526 / 2°39'9"W

OS Eastings: 354079.073401

OS Northings: 96963.774503

OS Grid: SY540969

Mapcode National: GBR PR.TX81

Mapcode Global: FRA 57B1.NFY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 850m north west of Barrowland Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 September 1963

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003226

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 380

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Powerstock

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Powerstock with West Milton Witherstone and North Porton St Mary The Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the upper west facing slopes of a prominent ridge on Powerstock Common, overlooking the valley of a tributary to the Mangerton River. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 15m in diameter and 1.6m high. It is surrounded by a buried quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived. The barrow lies beside the parish boundary between Powerstock and Toller Porcorum.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-450849

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 tree growth, the bowl barrow 850m north west of Barrowland Farm survives 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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