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Bowl barrow 120m east of White Hill Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Littlebredy, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6983 / 50°41'53"N

Longitude: -2.5714 / 2°34'17"W

OS Eastings: 359737.819535

OS Northings: 88891.798441

OS Grid: SY597888

Mapcode National: GBR PV.9MKP

Mapcode Global: FRA 57H7.B25

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 120m east of White Hill Wood

Scheduled Date: 8 August 1957

Last Amended: 18 September 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013256

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22945

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the South Dorset Downs on a
chalk plateau overlooking the Bride Valley to the west. The barrow is one of a
dispersed group which covers a wide area.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint with a maximum
diameter of 25m and a maximum height of c.1m. This is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The
ditch is no longer visible at ground level, as it has become infilled over the
years. It will, however, survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts relating to the modern field
boundary, although the underlying ground is included.

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.

Despite ploughing, the bowl barrow 120m east of White Hill Wood survives
comparatively 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
An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Dorset: Volume 1 , (1952), 39

Source: Historic England

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