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The Drinking Barrow, forming part of the Grange Heath round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Steeple with Tyneham, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6478 / 50°38'52"N

Longitude: -2.1331 / 2°7'59"W

OS Eastings: 390687.928041

OS Northings: 83129.675568

OS Grid: SY906831

Mapcode National: GBR 221.7K1

Mapcode Global: FRA 67FC.6V2

Entry Name: The Drinking Barrow, forming part of the Grange Heath round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1963

Last Amended: 10 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014132

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28309

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Steeple with Tyneham

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow known as `The Drinking Barrow', one of six
in the Grange Heath round barrow cemetery, situated on the western edge of a
sandstone ridge of the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking Grange Heath to the west.

The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with a maximum
diameter of 20m and a maximum height of c.0.75m. The mound is surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a
buried feature 2m 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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

The Drinking Barrow survives well and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it
was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 451

Source: Historic England

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