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Bowl barrow 610m east of Bere Heath Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.73 / 50°43'47"N

Longitude: -2.1961 / 2°11'45"W

OS Eastings: 386255.047439

OS Northings: 92279.430084

OS Grid: SY862922

Mapcode National: GBR 20Z.3LD

Mapcode Global: FRA 6794.S9P

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 610m east of Bere Heath Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015365

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28376

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Bere Regis

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bere Regis St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a south-facing slope of
Philliol's Heath overlooking the Piddle Valley.
The barrow, which is referred to as `Fox Barrow' on Isaac Taylor's 1777 map,
has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 20m
in diameter and c.1.5m in height. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch
is visible as an earthwork 1.5m-2m wide and c.0.5m 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 610m east of Bere Heath Farm 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), 436
Other
Mention 1902 survey by the OS, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention 1952 survey by RCHME, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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