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Bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 650m south east of Wood Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7296 / 50°43'46"N

Longitude: -2.2838 / 2°17'1"W

OS Eastings: 380066.66608

OS Northings: 92253.139481

OS Grid: SY800922

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZJ.5F2

Mapcode Global: FRA 6734.VH1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 650m south east of Wood Barn

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1962

Last Amended: 7 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015358

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28357

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tincleton St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a ridge
overlooking the Frome Valley to the south east. The barrow forms part of a
group of six which, together, form a round barrow cemetery across Affpuddle
Heath and Bryant's Puddle Heath.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 12m in diameter and c.0.75m in height. The mound is surrounded
by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. The ditch is no longer visible, as it has become infilled over the
years, but it will survive as a buried feature c.1.5m wide.

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 previous damage by military trenches, the bowl barrow on
Affpuddle Heath, 650m south east of Wood Barn, survives comparatively well 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
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 85
Mention survey by RCHME in 1952, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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