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The southwestern of two bowl barrows in Burngate Wood; 320m south west of Limekiln Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Coombe Keynes, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6459 / 50°38'45"N

Longitude: -2.2289 / 2°13'44"W

OS Eastings: 383910.034315

OS Northings: 82935.676616

OS Grid: SY839829

Mapcode National: GBR 21X.F8Y

Mapcode Global: FRA 676C.KGV

Entry Name: The southwestern of two bowl barrows in Burngate Wood; 320m south west of Limekiln Cottages

Scheduled Date: 21 November 1962

Last Amended: 14 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011486

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21959

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Coombe Keynes

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 a northeast-facing slope situated
within a clearing in a predominately coniferous forest.
The barrow mound measures 0.6m high and 10.5m in diameter. Surrounding the
mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction.
This has become infilled over the years and can no longer be seen at ground
level. It does, however, survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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 in Burngate Wood survives 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
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, , County of Dorset , (1970), 446
Fieldwork, Dorset County Council, Dorset Count Council SMR, (1952)

Source: Historic England

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