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Bowl barrow 550m north of North Down Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7959 / 50°47'45"N

Longitude: -2.2127 / 2°12'45"W

OS Eastings: 385103.14437

OS Northings: 99610.892615

OS Grid: SY851996

Mapcode National: GBR 205.5C2

Mapcode Global: FRA 667Z.RRT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m north of North Down Barn

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1962

Last Amended: 24 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014852

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27394

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winterborne Whitechurch

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Winterbourne Kingston St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, c.800m east of East Farm, one of five at
the northern end of North Down close to the parish boundary. The barrow has a
mound, c.15m in diameter and 0.3m high, which is most clearly visible from
downslope to the south as a low chalk earthwork. Surrounding the mound is a
quarry ditch from which material was taken during the monument's construction.
This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature
c.2m 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 550m north of North Down Barn, although reduced in height by
ploughing, will contain archaeological remains, providing information about
Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment. This is one of five
barrows at the northern end of North Down.

Source: Historic England

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