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Bowl barrow 775m south east of Charisworth Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8067 / 50°48'24"N

Longitude: -2.1881 / 2°11'17"W

OS Eastings: 386839.140098

OS Northings: 100814.227453

OS Grid: ST868008

Mapcode National: GBR 200.CLC

Mapcode Global: FRA 669Y.WXX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 775m south east of Charisworth Cottages

Scheduled Date: 17 July 1961

Last Amended: 24 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014845

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27386

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winterborne Whitechurch

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Charlton Marshall St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow, one of two barrows on
Charlton Down, 60m north of the parish boundary and Combs Ditch, on a west
facing slope just below the crest of the hill. The barrow has a low mound,
c.15m in diameter and 0.3m high. There is a slight depression on the eastern
side of the mound, possibly indicating the quarry ditch surrounding the mound
which is otherwise not visible. It will however survive as a buried feature
c.2m wide. This barrow is possibly one of three excavated by H White in 1811.

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 775m south east of Charisworth Cottages, although reduced in
height by ploughing, will contain archaeological remains providing information
about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 59
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 99

Source: Historic England

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