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Bowl barrow on Great Plantation, 650m south east of Woodside

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6923 / 50°41'32"N

Longitude: -2.1998 / 2°11'59"W

OS Eastings: 385981.78255

OS Northings: 88093.805351

OS Grid: SY859880

Mapcode National: GBR 21C.GNF

Mapcode Global: FRA 6787.YLG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Great Plantation, 650m south east of Woodside

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1962

Last Amended: 7 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015346

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28381

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: East Stoke

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wool, East Burton and Combe Keynes

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the south western edge of a
ridge overlooking a dry-valley to the south west.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 22m in diameter and c.1.5m in height. The mound now has a trench
4m wide and 1m deep running through its centre. The mound is surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This ditch is
visible as an earthwork with maximum dimensions of 3m in width and c.0.35m in
Excluded from the scheduling is a metal sign-post, although the underlying
ground 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

Despite some disturbance by military tanks, the bowl barrow on Great
Plantation, 650m south east of Woodside, survives and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 452
Mention 1930 survey by OS, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention damage by tanks, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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