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Bowl barrow on Little Minterne Hill, 1km north east of Minterne Parva Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Minterne Magna, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8373 / 50°50'14"N

Longitude: -2.4696 / 2°28'10"W

OS Eastings: 367030.405012

OS Northings: 104302.096631

OS Grid: ST670043

Mapcode National: GBR MX.WD5D

Mapcode Global: FRA 56QW.FQD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Little Minterne Hill, 1km north east of Minterne Parva Farm

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1961

Last Amended: 2 January 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015045

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27444

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Minterne Magna

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Buckland Newton The Holy Rood

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow on Little Minterne Hill, 1km north east of
Minterne Parva Farm.
The barrow has been reduced in height by ploughing and is now no longer
visible on the surface. It was previously recorded as having a flinty mound
c.15m in diameter. 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 close to the current parish boundary although it was formerly in
Buckland Newton parish and is probably the `Scherdenberwe' mentioned in the
Anglo-Saxon Charter relating to Buckland Newton and reputed to date to AD 941.
Traces of ancient fields, visible as slight banks close to the barrow, have
been fragmented by cultivation and are not included in the scheduling.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath
them 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 Little Minterne Hill 1km north east of Minterne Parva Farm,
although reduced in height by ploughing, will include archaeological remains
within its buried deposits containing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 54
Grinsell, L V, Dorset Barrows Supplement, (1982), 45
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 64, 97

Source: Historic England

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