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Bowl barrow 950m NNE Bulbarrow Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8532 / 50°51'11"N

Longitude: -2.3047 / 2°18'16"W

OS Eastings: 378649.045238

OS Northings: 106011.634549

OS Grid: ST786060

Mapcode National: GBR 0XZ.D4M

Mapcode Global: FRA 661V.CXP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 950m NNE Bulbarrow Farm

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1969

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014753

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27376

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Milton Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Ibberton St Eustace

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on a fairly level ridge 950m
north east of Bulbarrow Farm. The barrow is crossed by a double fence and
hedge along which runs the parish boundary between Ibberton and Winterborne
Houghton. The barrow has a mound c.20m in diameter and up to 1.5m high where
it is well preserved between the parish boundary fences. To the south east of
the boundary the mound has been truncated and reduced in height, resulting in
an irregular profile. To the north east the mound has been reduced in height
by ploughing but is still visible as a rise in the ground level. Vegetation on
the top of the mound is very thin exposing large flint nodules and some rubble
indicating the nature of the mound construction. There is no sign of a ditch
surrounding the mound but this will survive as a buried feature c.3m wide.
All fence posts and the telegraph pole are excluded from the scheduling
although the ground beneath these features is included.

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

Although disturbed by ploughing, and possibly woodland clearance, the bowl
barrow 950m NNE of Bulbarrow Farm is a relatively well preserved
example of its class. The barrow will contain archaeological remains which
will provide information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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