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Bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 140m south east of Cull-peppers Dish

A Scheduled Monument in Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7312 / 50°43'52"N

Longitude: -2.2638 / 2°15'49"W

OS Eastings: 381479.767659

OS Northings: 92428.65629

OS Grid: SY814924

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZK.4GP

Mapcode Global: FRA 6744.XJX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 140m south east of Cull-peppers Dish

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1962

Last Amended: 7 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015362

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28361

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Affpuddle with Turnerspuddle St Laurence

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. The barrow forms part of a group of
six which, together, form a round barrow cemetery on Affpuddle Heath and
Bryant's Puddle Heath.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 8.5m in diameter and c.0.75m in height. There is a large hollow
on the top of the barrow mound; this was present by 1952 and may relate to a
part excavation, although there are no records of this. The mound is
surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. The ditch is no longer visible, as it has become infilled over
the years, but it was recorded during the 1950s and 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 vehicles and disturbance to the mound by an
excavation hollow, the bowl barrow on Affpuddle Heath, 140m south east of
Cull-peppers Dish, 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


Mention ditch recorded by RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention hollow recorded by RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey by OS in 1902, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention survey by RCHME in 1952, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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