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Bowl barrow on East Hill near Sydling Woods

A Scheduled Monument in Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8207 / 50°49'14"N

Longitude: -2.539 / 2°32'20"W

OS Eastings: 362125.013224

OS Northings: 102485.240485

OS Grid: ST621024

Mapcode National: GBR MT.XLJN

Mapcode Global: FRA 56KX.YDX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on East Hill near Sydling Woods

Scheduled Date: 4 May 1962

Last Amended: 5 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015052

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27452

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Sydling St. Nicholas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Sydling St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, the most northerly of a group of three
barrows aligned north west-south east on East Hill, near Sydling Woods.
The barrow mound has been reduced in height by ploughing and is visible as a
stone concentration in the plough soil 12m 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 2m
Two additional barrows which lie 50m and 110m to the south east are the
subject of separate schedulings.
The barrows lie within the area of an ancient field system which has been
largely levelled by cultivation and which is not 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

This bowl barrow on East Hill near Sydling Woods, despite being reduced in
height by ploughing, will include within its buried deposits archaeological
remains containing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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