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Bowl barrow 420m north west of Frogmore Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7937 / 50°47'37"N

Longitude: -2.2991 / 2°17'56"W

OS Eastings: 379017.100586

OS Northings: 99386.216045

OS Grid: SY790993

Mapcode National: GBR 0YR.1LG

Mapcode Global: FRA 662Z.VJ5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 420m north west of Frogmore Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 May 1962

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014762

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27385

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Milton Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Milborne St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow which lies on a gentle
slope overlooking a shallow combe to the east. The barrow has been almost
levelled by ploughing but survives as a low mound, c.17m in diameter and 0.2m
high. There is no visible sign of the ditch surrounding the mound but this
will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. This may be the barrow which was
opened by H Durden in the north west of the parish in 1864 when he found two
skeletons and at least 12 urns, mostly inverted, containing cremations.

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 420m north west of Frogmore Farm, although possibly partly
excavated in the 19th century, will contain archaeological remains, providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Hutchins, , The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset: Volume 2, (1870), 604

Source: Historic England

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