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Bowl barrow 500m north east of The Drinking Barrow, forming part of the Grange Heath round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Steeple with Tyneham, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6502 / 50°39'0"N

Longitude: -2.127 / 2°7'37"W

OS Eastings: 391118.420397

OS Northings: 83402.881518

OS Grid: SY911834

Mapcode National: GBR 221.3AZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 67FC.36B

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m north east of The Drinking Barrow, forming part of the Grange Heath round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014133

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28310

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


The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of six in the Grange Heath round
barrow cemetery, situated on a low sandstone ridge of the Isle of Purbeck.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with a maximum
diameter of 11m and a maximum height of c.0.85m. The mound is surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. The ditch was recorded by field survey in the 1960s as an earthwork
1.2m wide; it has since become infilled, but will survive as a buried feature.

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 bowl barrow 500m north east of 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


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

Source: Historic England

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