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Bowl barrow 220m north west of Gore Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ashmore, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9631 / 50°57'47"N

Longitude: -2.1596 / 2°9'34"W

OS Eastings: 388887.860444

OS Northings: 118202.959855

OS Grid: ST888182

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y4.DV2

Mapcode Global: FRA 66CK.NGC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 220m north west of Gore Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1961

Last Amended: 29 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015018

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27346

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Ashmore

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Fontmell Magna St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow 220m north west of Gore Farm. The
barrow mound, which has possibly been modified by ornamental landscaping is
small (3m by 2.5m north-south and 0.4m high) and is set eccentrically within a
circular bank 3m wide, 0.2m high on its inner side and 0.8m high on its outer
side. The platform defined by this bank is 11.2m by 10.8m and is raised above
the level of the ground around the monument. Surrounding the mound area is a
ditch, 2m wide and 0.3m deep, which is clearly visible only on the western
side of the monument where there is a slight outer bank. The ditch has been
disturbed by quarrying on the north and south sides. The monument has an
overall diameter of 20m.

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 220m north west of Gore Farm is a comparatively well preserved
example located in a prominent position just below the crest of the hill.
Despite the fact that the profile of the barrow mound may have been modified
it survives to an overall height of 1m and will contain archaeological
remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 108,168

Source: Historic England

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