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Three bowl barrows 300m south west of Well Bottom Wood, forming part of the Pitcombe Down round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Littlebredy, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7073 / 50°42'26"N

Longitude: -2.5842 / 2°35'3"W

OS Eastings: 358843.916152

OS Northings: 89901.590593

OS Grid: SY588899

Mapcode National: GBR PT.Q44F

Mapcode Global: FRA 57G6.R1M

Entry Name: Three bowl barrows 300m south west of Well Bottom Wood, forming part of the Pitcombe Down round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1957

Last Amended: 18 September 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013251

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22967

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Littlebredy

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Little Bredy St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes three bowl barrows aligned south east to north west and
situated on a chalk ridge of the South Dorset Downs, overlooking the South
Winterbourne Valley to the north east and the Bride Valley to the south. The
barrows form part of the Pitcombe Down round barrow cemetery which contains
ten barrows in all.
The three barrows all have mounds composed of earth, chalk and flint with
dimensions of between 20m and 30m in diameter and c.0.3m and 1.2m in height.
Each of the mounds is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried
during their construction. The ditches are no longer visible at ground level
as they have become infilled over the years, but each 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 three bowl barrows 300m south west of Well Bottom Wood survive well and
will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
Pitcombe Down cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Dorset: Volume 1 , (1952), 39

Source: Historic England

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