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Bowl barrow on Green Hill 350m north west of Keepers Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Abbas, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8343 / 50°50'3"N

Longitude: -2.3 / 2°18'0"W

OS Eastings: 378966.781336

OS Northings: 103906.314128

OS Grid: ST789039

Mapcode National: GBR 0Y5.MB1

Mapcode Global: FRA 662W.MRR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Green Hill 350m north west of Keepers Cottage

Scheduled Date: 26 February 1962

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014757

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27380

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Milton Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Milton Abbas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow in the Green Hill Down nature reserve on
the top of a ridge, 350m north west of Keepers Cottage. The barrow has a mound
which is c.14m in diameter and 1m high, surrounded by a ditch which is visible
as a depression 3m wide on all but the east sides where it will survive as a
buried feature. All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the
ground beneath these features is included.

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 disturbed by ploughing, and possibly woodland clearance, the round
barrow on Green Hill 350m north west of Keepers Cottage 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
environment.

Source: Historic England

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