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Bowl barrow on East Hill 510m north east of All Saints Church

A Scheduled Monument in Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8069 / 50°48'24"N

Longitude: -2.4172 / 2°25'2"W

OS Eastings: 370695.66209

OS Northings: 100896.792678

OS Grid: ST706008

Mapcode National: GBR MZ.YFDM

Mapcode Global: FRA 56TY.XSZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on East Hill 510m north east of All Saints Church

Scheduled Date: 3 January 1961

Last Amended: 18 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015036

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27436

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Piddletrenthide

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Piddletrenthide

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow at the southern end of a ridge on East
Hill 510m north east of the Church of All Saints.
The barrow has a mound which is 20m in diameter and a maximum of 0.6m high. It
is located on a field boundary and, to the west of the hedge, has been
levelled by ploughing while, to the east, it survives as a low spread mound
c.0.3m high. Within the hedge line the barrow survives as a pronounced mound
c.0.6m high which is clearly visible from some distance away to the south.
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 slight surface depression to the east of the hedge and as a buried
feature c.3m wide. This is probably the `Schilleburgh' (translated as Cill's
or Ceola's barrow) mentioned in the Saxon charter dated AD 891.
All fence posts 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 on East Hill 510m north east of the Church of All Saints,
although reduced in height by ploughing, will include within its buried
deposits archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 67, 124

Source: Historic England

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