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Bowl barrow on Breeze Hill, 760m south east of the top of Zig-Zag Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Melbury Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9807 / 50°58'50"N

Longitude: -2.1481 / 2°8'53"W

OS Eastings: 389701.803254

OS Northings: 120155.673154

OS Grid: ST897201

Mapcode National: GBR 1XY.HQ7

Mapcode Global: FRA 66DJ.6YR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Breeze Hill, 760m south east of the top of Zig-Zag Hill

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1961

Last Amended: 19 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013679

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27352

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Melbury Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Melbury Abbas St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes the levelled remains of a Bronze Age ditched bowl barrow
on Breeze Hill, Melbury Down. The barrow mound was previously recorded as
being c.11m in diameter. Surrounding this and surviving as a buried feature
c.2m wide is the barrow ditch from which was quarried material to construct
the mound.

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 having been reduced in height by cultivation, the bowl barrow on
Breeze Hill, Melbury Down, will contain buried archaeological remains,
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England


Grinsell L V, Dorset Barrows, 1934-55 MSS

Source: Historic England

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