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Bowl barrow 560m NNE of North Down Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7958 / 50°47'44"N

Longitude: -2.2116 / 2°12'41"W

OS Eastings: 385178.753181

OS Northings: 99600.971117

OS Grid: SY851996

Mapcode National: GBR 205.5MW

Mapcode Global: FRA 668Z.L7D

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 560m NNE of North Down Barn

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1962

Last Amended: 24 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014853

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27395

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, 560m NNE of North Down Barn, one of five
at the northern end of North Down close to the parish boundary. The barrow has
a low mound, 21m in diameter and 0.6m high measured from downslope and 0.4m
from upslope. There is no clear indication of a quarry ditch surrounding the
mound but this will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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.

The bowl barrow 560m NNE 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 recorded at the northern end of North Down.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 150

Source: Historic England

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