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Bowl barrow 450m NNW of Field Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7246 / 50°43'28"N

Longitude: -2.5734 / 2°34'24"W

OS Eastings: 359619.937767

OS Northings: 91816.287198

OS Grid: SY596918

Mapcode National: GBR PV.7T6Y

Mapcode Global: FRA 57H5.98D

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m NNW of Field Barn

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1957

Last Amended: 11 May 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011688

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22927

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winterbourne Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: The Winterbournes

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a chalk ridge overlooking the
Poor Lot round barrow cemetery to the south, in the area of the South Dorset
Downs.
The barrow has a mound composed of chalk and earth with a maximum diameter of
23m and a maximum height of c.0.9m. This is surrounded by a ditch from which
material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no
longer visible at ground level as it has become infilled over the years, but
it will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow 450m NNW of Field Barn survives well and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 146

Source: Historic England

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