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Two bowl barrows west of Bonsley Common, 900m NNE of Turnworth House

A Scheduled Monument in Turnworth, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8791 / 50°52'44"N

Longitude: -2.2581 / 2°15'29"W

OS Eastings: 381934.961879

OS Northings: 108879.901275

OS Grid: ST819088

Mapcode National: GBR 0XM.ZW8

Mapcode Global: FRA 665S.04C

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows west of Bonsley Common, 900m NNE of Turnworth House

Scheduled Date: 26 February 1962

Last Amended: 22 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014728

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27354

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Turnworth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Shillingstone Holy Rood

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes two adjacent bowl barrows aligned north east to south
west, situated west of Bonsley Common, 900m NNE of Turnworth House. The
southern barrow has a diameter of c.16m and is 1.8m high. The other barrow,
24m to the north, has a diameter of 11m and is 1.5m high. Although there is no
visible sign of a ditch surrounding either mound, these will survive as buried
features 2m 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

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 barrows west of Bonsley Common, 900m NNE of Turnworth House are
comparatively well preserved examples of their class located in a prominent
position. The barrows will contain archaeological remains, providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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