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Two bowl barrows 350m south west of Keeper's Lodge south east of Bareden Down

A Scheduled Monument in Iwerne Minster, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9344 / 50°56'4"N

Longitude: -2.157 / 2°9'25"W

OS Eastings: 389062.811244

OS Northings: 115011.113563

OS Grid: ST890150

Mapcode National: GBR 1YJ.7H2

Mapcode Global: FRA 66CM.X1Q

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 350m south west of Keeper's Lodge south east of Bareden Down

Scheduled Date: 16 February 1961

Last Amended: 22 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013745

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27349

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Iwerne Minster

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Iwerne Minster St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned broadly north-south 350m south
west of Keeper's Lodge, part of a group of four barrows south east of Bareden
Down, two of which are no longer visible and for which insufficient detailed
information is available to justify their inclusion in the Schedule at this
The two barrow mounds are now visible as slight earthworks and are notably
stonier than the surrounding ground. The southern barrow has a mound c.13m in
diameter and 0.2m high. The northern barrow was recorded by the OS in 1978 as
13m in diameter and 0.3m high. This is now visible only as a slight rise in
the ground. The barrow mounds are 21m apart and in neither case is there any
visible trace of the ditch surrounding the mound. These ditches will now
survive as buried features 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 having been reduced in height by cultivation, the bowl barrows 350m
south west of Keeper's Lodge south east of Bareden Down will contain
archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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