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Bowl barrow 200m south of East Lulworth village

A Scheduled Monument in East Lulworth, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6356 / 50°38'8"N

Longitude: -2.202 / 2°12'7"W

OS Eastings: 385813.229114

OS Northings: 81787.003593

OS Grid: SY858817

Mapcode National: GBR 224.23N

Mapcode Global: FRA 678D.9Z6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 200m south of East Lulworth village

Scheduled Date: 21 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008148

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21946

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: East Lulworth

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 a bowl barrow south of East Lulworth village overlooked
by Flower's Barrow hillfort and the hills of the Dorset coast.
The barrow mound is 1m high and 33m in diameter. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has
become partially infilled over the years, but can still be seen as a slight
depression c.5m wide.
The telegraph pole which lies to the north west of the barrow mound 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 reduction in its height, caused by ploughing over the years, the bowl
barrow to the south of East Lulworth village survives comparatively well and
contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. This barrow is one of
a number which survive on the chalk and heathland between the River Frome and
the Dorset coast.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Keen, , Carreck, , Historic Landscape of the Weld Estate Dorset, (1987)

Source: Historic England

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