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Thorn Barrow: a bowl barrow on East Holme Range, 650m north-east of Whiteway Farm

A Scheduled Monument in East Lulworth, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6375 / 50°38'14"N

Longitude: -2.1756 / 2°10'32"W

OS Eastings: 387677.339877

OS Northings: 81991.438001

OS Grid: SY876819

Mapcode National: GBR 21Z.W8P

Mapcode Global: FRA 67BD.28J

Entry Name: Thorn Barrow: a bowl barrow on East Holme Range, 650m north-east of Whiteway Farm

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1962

Last Amended: 17 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009610

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21936

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: East Lulworth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Steeple with Tyneham St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a ridge in an
area of lowland heath close to the Dorset coast.
The barrow mound is up to 2m high and c.27m across. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This has become infilled over the years and can no longer be seen at
ground level, but survives as a buried feature c.4.5m wide.
To the north of the barrow is a recent mound of earth which 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

The bowl barrow on East Holme Range contains archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed. This barrow is amongst a number which survive on this piece
of heathland between the River Frome and the Dorset coast.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970), 454

Source: Historic England

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