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Bowl barrow in Bartlett's Firs

A Scheduled Monument in Arne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.671 / 50°40'15"N

Longitude: -2.1196 / 2°7'10"W

OS Eastings: 391643.408376

OS Northings: 85708.920547

OS Grid: SY916857

Mapcode National: GBR 21N.YRM

Mapcode Global: FRA 67G9.D2Y

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Bartlett's Firs

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1959

Last Amended: 9 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014296

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22998

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Arne

Built-Up Area: Creech Bottom

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 situated on a river terrace along the
northern edge of Stoborough Heath within the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking the
Frome Valley to the north.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with a maximum
diameter of 20m and a maximum height of c.1.5m. This is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The
ditch survives on the western side of the mound as an earthwork with maximum
dimensions of 2.5m in width and c.0.3m in depth. Elsewhere, the ditch has
become infilled, although it 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

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

The bowl barrow in Bartlett's Firs survives comparatively well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Flat topped mound, RCHME, NAR, (1950)
Uneven topped mound, Lloyd A, AM 107, (1981)

Source: Historic England

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