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Bowl barrow 550m east of Chideock Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Chaldon Herring, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6341 / 50°38'2"N

Longitude: -2.2848 / 2°17'5"W

OS Eastings: 379954.494825

OS Northings: 81637.109153

OS Grid: SY799816

Mapcode National: GBR 10P.558

Mapcode Global: FRA 673D.FQ3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m east of Chideock Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1968

Last Amended: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008680

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21915

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 a bowl barrow on the east slope of a chalk ridge c.1km
north of the Dorset coast.
The barrow mound measures 11.4m in diameter and stands to 1.5m high. The
ditch surrounding the mound, from which material was quarried during the
construction of the barrow, has become partly infilled over the years, but can
still be seen as a slight depression 3m wide and 0.1m deep.

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 some evidence for cultivation damage, the monument survives
comparatively well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was
constructed. It is one of a number of barrows which survive locally and, as
such, will contribute to our understanding of Bronze Age settlement in the

Source: Historic England

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