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Two bowl barrows on Green Hill 450m north of Pound Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Nether Cerne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7943 / 50°47'39"N

Longitude: -2.4685 / 2°28'6"W

OS Eastings: 367078.230996

OS Northings: 99518.540139

OS Grid: SY670995

Mapcode National: GBR MX.Z6FN

Mapcode Global: FRA 56QZ.VHW

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows on Green Hill 450m north of Pound Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 January 1961

Last Amended: 7 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015180

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27457

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Nether Cerne

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Cerne Abbas St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned broadly north-south, 450m north
of Pound Farm, part of an original group of possibly seven barrows on Green
The northern barrow has a flinty mound which is c.12m in diameter and 0.5m
high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was
excavated during its construction. This has become infilled over the years and
survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The southern barrow, 30m to the south,
has a flinty mound which is c.15m in diameter and 0.5m high and is surrounded
by a quarry ditch which survives as a buried feature c.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 two bowl barrows on Green Hill 450m north of Pound Farm, although reduced
in height by ploughing, will contain archaeological remains providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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