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Bowl barrow 700m south of Old Turnpike

A Scheduled Monument in Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8964 / 50°53'47"N

Longitude: -2.0748 / 2°4'29"W

OS Eastings: 394836.668825

OS Northings: 110773.912147

OS Grid: ST948107

Mapcode National: GBR 30B.Q8G

Mapcode Global: FRA 66JQ.ZF7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 700m south of Old Turnpike

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1958

Last Amended: 7 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015192

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27469

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 situated close to the parish boundary,
700m south of Old Turnpike, just below the crest of a hill on a westward
facing slope.
The barrow has a mound which is 16m in diameter and a maximum of 1.4m high. A
hollow in the top, 4m by 3m and 0.20m deep, may indicate that it has been
partly excavated. 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 wide.
The barrow lies within a Celtic field system but this is no longer visible in
this vicinity and 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

The bowl barrow 700m south of Old Turnpike, despite the possibility that it
may have been part excavated, is a well preserved example of its class and
will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age
burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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