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Bowl barrow on Green Hill 400m north of Pound Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Nether Cerne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7938 / 50°47'37"N

Longitude: -2.4686 / 2°28'7"W

OS Eastings: 367064.605654

OS Northings: 99466.754051

OS Grid: SY670994

Mapcode National: GBR MX.Z6CM

Mapcode Global: FRA 56QZ.VFH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Green Hill 400m north of Pound Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 January 1961

Last Amended: 7 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015181

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27458

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 a bowl barrow 400m north of Pound Farm, part of an
original group of possibly seven barrows on Green Hill.
The most southerly of the group, this barrow has a mound which is c0.10m in
diameter and 0.30m 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 barrow is situated
within a Celtic field system which is not considered to be nationally
important and is not included in the scheduling.
Excluded from the scheduling is the water trough which is situated to the
north of the mound although the ground beneath it 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 Green Hill 400m 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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