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Bowl barrow1050m WNW of Manor Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Godmanstone, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7761 / 50°46'33"N

Longitude: -2.4894 / 2°29'21"W

OS Eastings: 365590.839025

OS Northings: 97502.948975

OS Grid: SY655975

Mapcode National: GBR PW.WKSH

Mapcode Global: FRA 57P1.60G

Entry Name: Bowl barrow1050m WNW of Manor Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1961

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003233

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 456

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Godmanstone

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Godmanstone Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the upper east facing slopes of the northern part of Crete Hill, overlooking the valley of the River Cerne. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring approximately 10m in diameter and up to 1.3m high. It is surrounded by a buried quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived. Partial early excavations to the summit and western side have exposed large flints.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-452875

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 partial early excavation, the bowl barrow 1050m WSW of Manor 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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