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Bowl barrow 500m west of Worgret Manor Farm, forming an outlier of the Worgret Heath round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Arne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6827 / 50°40'57"N

Longitude: -2.1394 / 2°8'21"W

OS Eastings: 390248.164075

OS Northings: 87011.892004

OS Grid: SY902870

Mapcode National: GBR 21M.5X1

Mapcode Global: FRA 67D8.QB0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m west of Worgret Manor Farm, forming an outlier of the Worgret Heath round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 3 August 1961

Last Amended: 14 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014288

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28306

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Arne

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument, a bowl barrow, is one of ten round barrows which make up the
Worgret Heath round barrow cemetery. It is situated on the western part of
Worgret Heath within the Isle of Purbeck, with views over the Purbeck Hills to
the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with a maximum
diameter of 15m and maximum height of c.1.2m. The mound is flat-topped with a
slight hollow in the centre; its slopes have been revetted. The mound is
surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction
of the monument. The ditch has become infilled over the years, but will
survive as a buried feature 1.5m 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 bowl barrow 500m west of Worgret Manor Farm survives well and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the Worgret Heath
cemetery and the landscape in which it was constructed.
Associated with the cemetery are a group of adjacent linear earthwork

Source: Historic England


Mention flat-topped mound,
Mention revetment of mound,

Source: Historic England

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