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Two bowl barrows 1250m east of Notton Hill Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Frampton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7528 / 50°45'10"N

Longitude: -2.5485 / 2°32'54"W

OS Eastings: 361403.006

OS Northings: 94946.3985

OS Grid: SY614949

Mapcode National: GBR PV.RV3T

Mapcode Global: FRA 57K3.0Z6

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 1250m east of Notton Hill Barn

Scheduled Date: 17 June 1959

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004544

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 398

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Frampton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Maiden Newton and Valleys

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl barrows situated on the east facing slopes of Notton Down, overlooking the River Frome and Southover Bottom. The eastern barrow survives as a circular mound up to 12.6m in diameter and 1.5m high, surrounded by a buried quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived. It is bisected by the ditched parish boundary bank between Maiden Newton and Frampton and has been cut on the south eastern side. The western barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 12m in diameter and 0.5m high. It is surrounded by a buried quarry ditch and is cut by a track on the north western side.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-453569 and 453579

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 being cut by a boundary bank and track, the two bowl barrows 1250m east of Notton Hill Barn survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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