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Bowl barrow on Puddletown Heath, 800m south west of Coombe Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Puddletown, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7357 / 50°44'8"N

Longitude: -2.3606 / 2°21'38"W

OS Eastings: 374648.767798

OS Northings: 92962.330622

OS Grid: SY746929

Mapcode National: GBR 0Z7.XNQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 57Y4.G5S

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Puddletown Heath, 800m south west of Coombe Barn

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1962

Last Amended: 5 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015349

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28384

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Puddletown

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Puddletown with Athelhampton and Burleston St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a north eastern ridge of
Puddletown Heath, overlooking the Frome Valley to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 9m in diameter and c.0.85m in height. The mound is surrounded by
a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This is
visible as an earthwork 1m wide and c.0.35m deep.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow 800m south west of Coombe Barn survives well and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 230
Other
Mention 1902 survey by the OS, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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