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Two bowl barrows 560m south east of Hill Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Chaldon Herring, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6285 / 50°37'42"N

Longitude: -2.3135 / 2°18'48"W

OS Eastings: 377919.759103

OS Northings: 81020.360662

OS Grid: SY779810

Mapcode National: GBR 10N.HX3

Mapcode Global: FRA 671D.VXV

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 560m south east of Hill Barn

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1968

Last Amended: 14 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008127

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21952

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Chaldon Herring

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: The Lulworths, Winfrith Newburgh and Chaldon

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes two adjacent bowl barrows aligned east-west and situated
on chalk downland above the Dorset coast. The barrows lie on the eastern
slope of a hill with views to the south over the sea and to the north over
Chaldon Down.
The eastern barrow mound measures 12m in diameter and is 1m high. The western
mound is 16.5m in diameter and 2m high. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during its construction. These have become
infilled over the years and now only the ditch around the eastern mound can be
seen as a slight depression 0.75m deep and 1.5m wide. The ditch around the
western mound survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.
A central hollow in the eastern barrow mound suggests that it was once
partially excavated.
The post and wire fence which crosses the monument on its northern side is
excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. 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
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite evidence for partial excavation, the two bowl barrows 560m south east
of Hill Barn survive well and contain archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was
constructed. These barrows are amongst a number which survive on the chalk
and heathland between the River Frome and the Dorset coast.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970)
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959)

Source: Historic England

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