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Bowl barrow 600m south of Plantation Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9065 / 50°54'23"N

Longitude: -2.0641 / 2°3'50"W

OS Eastings: 395589.888826

OS Northings: 111895.013252

OS Grid: ST955118

Mapcode National: GBR 30C.0Z3

Mapcode Global: FRA 66KQ.3P2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 600m south of Plantation Farm

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1968

Last Amended: 7 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015190

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27467

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Tarrant Hinton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tarrant Monkton with Tarrant Launceston All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow 600m south of Plantation Farm, one of two
barrows which straddle the parish boundary.
The barrow has a mound, flattened on top, which is 12m in diameter and 1m
high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was
excavated during its construction. This has become infilled over the years
but will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. The barrow was partly
excavated in 1938 and was found to contain a primary cremation contained in an
upright urn which originally probably had a wooden cover, set in a pit cut
into the chalk.
There is an additional barrow c.40m to the north which forms the subject of a
separate 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

The bowl barrow 600m south of Plantation Farm survives well and is known from
part excavation to contain information about Bronze Age burial practices,
economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Piggott, S, C M, , 'Archaeologia' in Excavation of Barrows on Crichel and Launceston Downs, Dorset, , Vol. 90, (1944), 71-73

Source: Historic England

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