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Bowl barrow 130m south of Bloody Shard Gate

A Scheduled Monument in Tarrant Gunville, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.931 / 50°55'51"N

Longitude: -2.0972 / 2°5'49"W

OS Eastings: 393265.713052

OS Northings: 114616.42077

OS Grid: ST932146

Mapcode National: GBR 2ZX.JLH

Mapcode Global: FRA 66HN.2SV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 130m south of Bloody Shard Gate

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1962

Last Amended: 31 January 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013793

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27369

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Tarrant Gunville

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Farnham St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow 130m south of Bloody Shard Gate on the
parish boundary between Tarrant Gunville and Farnham. The barrow has a
diameter of c.12m and is 0.4m high. There is no visible sign of a ditch but
this will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. Excluded from the scheduling
are all fence posts although the ground beneath is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 and damaged by rabbit
burrowing, the bowl barrow 130m south of Bloody Shard Gate will contain
archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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