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Bowl barrow 650m north west of Long Ash Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Hilton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8136 / 50°48'49"N

Longitude: -2.3076 / 2°18'27"W

OS Eastings: 378424.459999

OS Northings: 101611.314974

OS Grid: ST784016

Mapcode National: GBR 0YB.Z9S

Mapcode Global: FRA 661Y.BSW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 650m north west of Long Ash Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1961

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014756

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27379

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Hilton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Milton Abbas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow on a south facing slope
650m north west of Long Ash Farm. The barrow has a mound which, although
reduced in height by ploughing, is visible as a slight rise in the ground and
as a concentration of flint nodules in the ploughed field surface. A diameter
of 20m was recorded in 1984 and it is c.0.3m high. There is no visible sign of
a ditch but this will survive as a buried feature c.3m 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 barrow 650m north west of Long Ash Farm, despite being reduced in
height by ploughing, will contain archaeological remains providing information
about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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