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Bowl barrow in Ruins Plantation 200m east of The Retreat

A Scheduled Monument in Hilton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8171 / 50°49'1"N

Longitude: -2.3015 / 2°18'5"W

OS Eastings: 378853.442911

OS Northings: 101998.188981

OS Grid: ST788019

Mapcode National: GBR 0YC.LY3

Mapcode Global: FRA 662Y.15S

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Ruins Plantation 200m east of The Retreat

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1962

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014760

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27383

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 a bowl barrow in Ruins Plantation 200m east of The
Retreat on a north facing slope just below the crest of the hill. The barrow
has a mound which is 16m in diameter and c.1.5m high. There is a large crater
in the centre of the mound, c.5m in diameter and c.1m deep resulting from
previous unrecorded excavations. The surrounding ditch, from which material
was quarried for the construction of the mound, survives as a buried feature
c.3m wide, with intermittent traces visible on the ground.

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 in Ruins Plantation 200m east of The Retreat, despite being
disturbed by previous excavations, will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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