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Bowl barrow on Farm Hill 620m west of Minterne Parva Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Up Cerne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8287 / 50°49'43"N

Longitude: -2.4858 / 2°29'8"W

OS Eastings: 365881.600046

OS Northings: 103349.447367

OS Grid: ST658033

Mapcode National: GBR MW.X21Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 56PX.1DX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Farm Hill 620m west of Minterne Parva Farm

Scheduled Date: 15 June 1965

Last Amended: 18 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015046

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27445

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Up Cerne

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Minterne Magna St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow on a steep east facing slope on Farm Hill
620m west of Minterne Parva Farm.
The barrow has been reduced in height by ploughing and is no longer visible on
the surface. It was previously reported as being 51ft (c.16m) in diameter and
1.5ft (0.45m) high. Surrounding the area of 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 2m wide.

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 Farm Hill 620m west of Minterne Parva Farm, 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
An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Dorset: Volume 1 , (1952), 170

Source: Historic England

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