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Bell barrow on Grange Heath, 600m north 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: 50.6533 / 50°39'11"N

Longitude: -2.1336 / 2°8'0"W

OS Eastings: 390650.911778

OS Northings: 83738.175908

OS Grid: SY906837

Mapcode National: GBR 21V.TND

Mapcode Global: FRA 67FB.SQQ

Entry Name: Bell barrow on Grange Heath, 600m north of The Drinking Barrow, forming part of the Grange Heath round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 24 April 1963

Last Amended: 19 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014135

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28312

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 bell barrow, one of six in the Grange Heath round
barrow cemetery, situated on a low sandstone ridge of Grange Heath in the Isle
of Purbeck.
The barrow has a central mound composed of earth, sand and turf with a maximum
diameter of 32m and a maximum height of c.2.85m. The mound is surrounded by a
berm or gently sloping platform 5m wide and an outer 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 3m wide.

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 bell barrow on Grange Heath survives well and will contain archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the cemetery in which
it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Mention berm,
Mention dense vegetation,
Mention flag-staff,
Mention surrounding quarry ditch,

Source: Historic England

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