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Bowl barrow 250m south of Plantation Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9098 / 50°54'35"N

Longitude: -2.0628 / 2°3'46"W

OS Eastings: 395681.409481

OS Northings: 112261.539567

OS Grid: ST956122

Mapcode National: GBR 305.TJ2

Mapcode Global: FRA 66KP.XW4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 250m south of Plantation Farm

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1958

Last Amended: 5 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015188

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27465

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Tarrant Hinton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Witchampton, Stanbridge and Long Crichel with More Crichel

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow adjacent to the parish boundary 250m south
of Plantation Farm, part of a group of three barrows west of Thickthorn Wood.
The barrow has a mound, 17m in diameter and up to c.1.5m high. The mound has
been dug into in the past on the north western side leaving a depression c.6m
by 3.5m. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was
excavated during its construction. This is visible as a slight surface
depression in places and will survive as a buried feature c.3m wide.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath
these features 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 250m south of Plantation Farm, is a comparatively well
preserved example of its class and will contain within its buried deposits
archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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