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Bowl barrow 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort

A Scheduled Monument in Milborne St. Andrew, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7644 / 50°45'51"N

Longitude: -2.2868 / 2°17'12"W

OS Eastings: 379870.911285

OS Northings: 96127.218795

OS Grid: SY798961

Mapcode National: GBR 0YY.YG4

Mapcode Global: FRA 6732.6XJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort

Scheduled Date: 17 July 1961

Last Amended: 18 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015033

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27433

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Milborne St. Andrew

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 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort
which lies near the summit of a low spur sloping north and east at the
northern end of Warren Hill. The mound has been reduced in height by
ploughing but has been previously recorded as having a mound 17m in diameter
and 0.5m high on the downside slope, although it is no longer visible.
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.2m wide. The barrow is probably that excavated in 1881
by J C Mansel-Pleydell when it produced pottery, ashes and a fossil.

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 850m west of Weatherby Castle hillfort, although reduced in
height by ploughing and despite the possibility of part excavation, will
contain archaeological remains including information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Mansel-Pleydell J C, , 'Procs of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc' in , , Vol. 5, (1882), 30-32

Source: Historic England

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