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Bowl barrow 470m south east of Ashley Wood Golf Club House

A Scheduled Monument in Tarrant Rawston, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8546 / 50°51'16"N

Longitude: -2.1161 / 2°6'58"W

OS Eastings: 391919.758098

OS Northings: 106123.642726

OS Grid: ST919061

Mapcode National: GBR 1ZJ.CSZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 66GV.1DR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 470m south east of Ashley Wood Golf Club House

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1934

Last Amended: 14 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013790

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27363

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Tarrant Rawston

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tarrant Monkton with Tarrant Launceston All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow 470m south east of Ashley Wood
Golf Club House, one of several barrows on Rawston Down. The barrow lies
between two linear earthworks which extend east from the hillfort. The barrow
has a flat topped mound 11m in diameter and 0.5m high, which has an irregular
surface and perimeter. The mound is surrounded by a ditch with an irregular
profile, 2m wide and 0.2m deep, which is visible on all but the north east
side where the mound appears to have been spread across it.

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

The bowl barrow 470m south east of Ashley Wood Golf Club House is a
comparatively well preserved example of its class and is closely associated
with other bowl barrows on Rawston Down, a later hillfort and its associated
linear earthworks. The barrow will contain archaeological remains, providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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