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Two bowl barrows in Ashley Wood 750m SSE of Buzbury Rings

A Scheduled Monument in Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8468 / 50°50'48"N

Longitude: -2.1109 / 2°6'39"W

OS Eastings: 392290.410723

OS Northings: 105261.182353

OS Grid: ST922052

Mapcode National: GBR 30W.TBM

Mapcode Global: FRA 66GV.PH2

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows in Ashley Wood 750m SSE of Buzbury Rings

Scheduled Date: 3 August 1961

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014754

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27377

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Tarrant Keyneston

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tarrant Keynston with Tarrant Crawford All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes two bowl barrows in Ashley Wood 750m SSE of Buzbury
Rings. The larger barrow, to the south, has a mound which is flattened on top.
It is 17m in diameter and 1.8m high. There are slight traces of a ditch c.3m
wide visible on all but the southern side where it will survive as a buried
feature. A woodland bank on the western side of the mound probably clips the
edge of the ditch. The second barrow lies 20m to the north east and has a
mound which is c.9m in diameter and c.0.7m high. There is no visible sign of
the ditch surrounding the mound but this will survive as a buried feature c.2m

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 in Ashley Wood 750m SSE of Buzbury Rings, are comparatively
well preserved examples of their class and will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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