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Bowl barrow 550m WNW of West End Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Dewlish, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7681 / 50°46'5"N

Longitude: -2.3091 / 2°18'32"W

OS Eastings: 378296.861206

OS Northings: 96541.743173

OS Grid: SY782965

Mapcode National: GBR 0YX.R11

Mapcode Global: FRA 6711.XY3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m WNW of West End Barn

Scheduled Date: 17 July 1961

Last Amended: 14 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015032

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27400

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Dewlish

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Milborne St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow 550m WNW of West End Barn, part of an
extensive group of at least 15 barrows and ring ditches on Lord's Down,
situated on a west facing slope below the summit of the hill.
The barrow has a mound which is c.25m in diameter and a maximum of 1m high.
Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was excavated
during its construction. This has become infilled over the years but survives
as a buried feature c.3m wide. This barrow was probably excavated by Warne in
1882 when it was found to contain a primary cremation with a bronze ogival
dagger in a cist cut into the natural chalk. The cist was covered with a flint
cairn which also contained urn fragments.
All fence posts and the road surface where it falls within the barrow's
protective margin, are excluded from the scheduling although the ground
beneath these features is included.

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 WNW of West End Barn, although reduced in height by
ploughing, and despite the possibility of it being partly excavated in the
past, will include archaeological remains containing information about Bronze
Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warne, C, Celtic Tumuli of Dorset, (1886)

Source: Historic England

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