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Bowl barrow 230m south of Bulbarrow Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Abbas, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8432 / 50°50'35"N

Longitude: -2.3107 / 2°18'38"W

OS Eastings: 378220.47166

OS Northings: 104900.575331

OS Grid: ST782049

Mapcode National: GBR 0Y4.4LY

Mapcode Global: FRA 661W.3LP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m south of Bulbarrow Farm

Scheduled Date: 20 November 1961

Last Amended: 7 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014576

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27375

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Milton Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Hilton and Ansty

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow located on a gentle south
west slope of a broad ridge just below the crest of a hill. The barrow mound
has been reduced in height by ploughing but is visible as a low rise c.15m in
diameter and 0.3m high. There is no visible ditch surrounding the mound but
this will survive as a buried feature c.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

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
protection.

Although reduced in height by ploughing the barrow is important because it
will contain, in its buried deposits, archaeological remains providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment. The
barrow is in a prominent position close to the parish boundary and two public
rights of way.

Source: Historic England

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