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Bowl barrow 340m north west of White Hill Barn, forming part of the White Hill round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Littlebredy, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7017 / 50°42'6"N

Longitude: -2.5791 / 2°34'44"W

OS Eastings: 359200.081987

OS Northings: 89276.055985

OS Grid: SY592892

Mapcode National: GBR PT.QCJD

Mapcode Global: FRA 57H7.11R

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 340m north west of White Hill Barn, forming part of the White Hill round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 8 August 1957

Last Amended: 18 September 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013264

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22954

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 below the crest of an eastern
slope of the South Dorset Downs, overlooking the Bride Valley to the south.
The bowl barrow is one of a group of five which together are known as the
White Hill round barrow cemetery.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint with a maximum
diameter of 22m and a maximum height of c.0.4m. 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, 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

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 340m north west of White Hill Barn survives comparatively well
and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
White Hill cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 39

Source: Historic England

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