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Bowl barrow 450m north east of Manor Farm, part of the Pound Hill round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7163 / 50°42'58"N

Longitude: -2.535 / 2°32'6"W

OS Eastings: 362322.891815

OS Northings: 90882.256217

OS Grid: SY623908

Mapcode National: GBR PV.VKF8

Mapcode Global: FRA 57L5.S8S

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m north east of Manor Farm, part of the Pound Hill round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1957

Last Amended: 9 May 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011691

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22930

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winterbourne Steepleton

Built-Up Area: Winterbourne Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: The Winterbournes

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of five forming a round barrow
cemetery on Pound Hill, a chalk ridge with views over the South Winterbourne
valley to the south, in an area of the South Dorset Downs.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint, with a maximum
diameter of 25m and a maximum height of c.3m. There is a hollow in the top of
the mound, 2m wide and c.0.5m deep, which is likely to represent an excavation
pit. The mound 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.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

The bowl barrow 450m north east of Manor Farm survives well and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Mention of excavation hollow,

Source: Historic England

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