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Bowl barrow 350m south west of Buzbury Rings

A Scheduled Monument in Langton Long Blandford, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8504 / 50°51'1"N

Longitude: -2.122 / 2°7'19"W

OS Eastings: 391509.091067

OS Northings: 105660.739068

OS Grid: ST915056

Mapcode National: GBR 1ZJ.QB0

Mapcode Global: FRA 66FV.K3M

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m south west of Buzbury Rings

Scheduled Date: 26 February 1962

Last Amended: 11 January 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013789

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27362

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Langton Long Blandford

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tarrant Keynston with Tarrant Crawford All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow 350m south west of Buzbury
Rings hillfort on a narrow spur of Keynston Down near the parish boundary. The
barrow has a low mound c.15m in diameter and 0.3m high. There is no sign of a
ditch surrounding the mound but this will survive as a buried feature c.2m
wide. This may be the barrow part excavated in 1840 by J H Austen which
produced a Middle Bronze Age urn.

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 350m
south west of Buzbury Rings hillfort will contain archaeological remains,
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume IV, (1972), 104-5

Source: Historic England

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