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Bowl barrow 750m SSE of Lower Kingston Russell Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Long Bredy, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.691 / 50°41'27"N

Longitude: -2.6051 / 2°36'18"W

OS Eastings: 357354.605866

OS Northings: 88102.396097

OS Grid: SY573881

Mapcode National: GBR PT.54GR

Mapcode Global: FRA 57F7.WFW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 750m SSE of Lower Kingston Russell Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1957

Last Amended: 11 May 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011985

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22922

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Long Bredy

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Long Bredy St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the South Dorset Downs, on a
chalk ridge with views over a valley to the north, a chalk ridge to the south
and downland to the east and west.
The barrow has a mound with a maximum diameter of 22m and a maximum height of
c.1.5m. There is a hollow in the top of the mound 1.5m in diameter
representing the site of an antiquarian excavation.
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

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

Despite evidence for partial excavation in antiquity, the bowl barrow 750m
SSE of Lower Kingston Russell 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 barrow, RCHME Dorset Volume I, (1952)

Source: Historic England

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