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Bowl barrow 550m north west of Bulbarrow Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Abbas, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8482 / 50°50'53"N

Longitude: -2.3169 / 2°19'0"W

OS Eastings: 377786.769292

OS Northings: 105458.992816

OS Grid: ST777054

Mapcode National: GBR 0XY.P20

Mapcode Global: FRA 661V.M6R

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m north west of Bulbarrow Farm

Scheduled Date: 11 July 1961

Last Amended: 31 January 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013786

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27355

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Milton Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Woolland

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow, 550m north west of
Bulbarrow Farm, one of four barrows on the top of Bulbarrow Hill. The barrow
has a mound 16m in diameter and 0.4m high. In 1955 the Ordnance Survey
recorded traces of a broad ditch surrounding the mound and, although this is
no longer visible, it will survive as a buried feature c.3m 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

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 having been reduced in height by cultivation, the bowl barrow 550m
north west of Bulbarrow Farm will contain archaeological remains, providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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