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Bowl barrow 900m north west of Pond Down Buildings

A Scheduled Monument in Winterborne Houghton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8566 / 50°51'23"N

Longitude: -2.2641 / 2°15'50"W

OS Eastings: 381507.479086

OS Northings: 106378.317067

OS Grid: ST815063

Mapcode National: GBR 0Y0.BD5

Mapcode Global: FRA 664T.XDM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 900m north west of Pond Down Buildings

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1962

Last Amended: 9 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013749

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27358

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winterborne Houghton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Winterbourne Stickland St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow 900m north west of Pond
Down Buildings. The barrow has a mound, 15m in diameter and 0.3m high. There
is no visible sign of a ditch surrounding the mound but this will survive as a
buried feature c.2m wide.
It is likely that this barrow was partly excavated by Baron Hambro and William
Shipp in 1860 when its height was recorded as 5ft, and the mound was shown to
be composed of large tabular flints. Fragments of pottery and charcoal were
found but no burial.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts although the ground beneath
them is included.

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
900m north west of Pond Down Buildings, is known from excavation to contain
archaeological remains, and it will provide information about Bronze Age
burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warne, C, Celtic Tumuli of Dorset, (1886), 14-15

Source: Historic England

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