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Bowl barrow 350m east of the shoulder angle of Bokerley Dyke on Martin Down

A Scheduled Monument in Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9785 / 50°58'42"N

Longitude: -1.9478 / 1°56'51"W

OS Eastings: 403762.591771

OS Northings: 119899.74449

OS Grid: SU037198

Mapcode National: GBR 40W.DF4

Mapcode Global: FRA 66TJ.F01

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m east of the shoulder angle of Bokerley Dyke on Martin Down

Scheduled Date: 17 May 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010868

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24339

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Martin All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow, one of several widely
dispersed barrows on Martin Down east of Bokerley Dyke. The barrow lies on a
very slight east facing slope in a former rifle firing range, now part of the
Martin Down National Nature Reserve.
The barrow has a mound c.11m in diameter and 0.5m high. Surrounding the mound
is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. The ditch has become infilled over the years but survives as a
buried feature c.1.5m wide.
The surface of the mound shows no irregularities which might indicate the site
of antiquarian excavation, although this is known to have occurred to other
barrows on Martin Down.

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 barrow 350m east of the shoulder angle of Bokerley Dyke survives well as
one of the numerous Bronze Age monuments constructed on Martin Down. These
have recently been the subject of a detailed survey. The barrow will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction and

Source: Historic England


HCC, SU 01NW 5, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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