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Bowl barrow on Plush Hill 600m ESE of Lower Farm, Plush

A Scheduled Monument in Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8147 / 50°48'52"N

Longitude: -2.3997 / 2°23'59"W

OS Eastings: 371933.001792

OS Northings: 101761.401571

OS Grid: ST719017

Mapcode National: GBR MZ.XZTR

Mapcode Global: FRA 56VY.BWQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Plush Hill 600m ESE of Lower Farm, Plush

Scheduled Date: 9 March 1966

Last Amended: 24 December 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015037

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27437

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 600m ESE of Lower Farm, one of an original
group of eight barrows on Plush Hill.
The barrow has a mound which is 18m in diameter and a maximum of 1.5m high
with a hollow centre, possibly the result of an unrecorded antiquarian
excavation. 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 3m wide.
Some 150m to the east is an additional barrow which forms the subject of a
separate scheduling. These barrows lie within a Celtic field system which has
been fragmented by ploughing and is not therefore included in the scheduling.

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 Plush Hill 600m ESE of Lower Farm, despite limited
disturbance to the mound, will include within its buried deposits
archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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