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Bowl barrow to the west of Five Marys: an outlier to the Five Marys round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Chaldon Herring, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6569 / 50°39'24"N

Longitude: -2.303 / 2°18'10"W

OS Eastings: 378679.563972

OS Northings: 84180.670036

OS Grid: SY786841

Mapcode National: GBR 109.LLC

Mapcode Global: FRA 672B.LLW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow to the west of Five Marys: an outlier to the Five Marys round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 27 February 1957

Last Amended: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008683

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21907

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


This monument includes a bowl barrow, one of a line of ridge top barrows, set
below the crest of the hill facing south, overlooking the village of Chaldon
The barrow mound is 1m high and 15m in diameter and has an angular profile.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during
construction of the monument. This is no longer visible at ground level,
having become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.3m
The post and wire fence which crosses the monument 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 some reduction in its size due to ploughing over the years, the barrow
survives well and contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The
barrow is one of several which survive locally, and, as such, adds to the
understanding of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970), 441

Source: Historic England

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