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Bowl barrow 800m NNW of West Morden Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Winterborne Zelston, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7665 / 50°45'59"N

Longitude: -2.1453 / 2°8'42"W

OS Eastings: 389851.005027

OS Northings: 96335.92488

OS Grid: SY898963

Mapcode National: GBR 20G.Y5M

Mapcode Global: FRA 67D2.22C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 800m NNW of West Morden Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1961

Last Amended: 5 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015367

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28365

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winterborne Zelston

Built-Up Area: Winterborne Zelston

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Morden St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a chalk ridge overlooking the
Winterborne Valley to the north.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, flint and chalk, with maximum
dimensions of 42m in diameter and c.0.6m in height. The mound is surrounded by
a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. The ditch has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a
buried feature c.2m wide.

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.

Despite some reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow 800m NNW of West Morden
Farmsurvives comparatively 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
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 121
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 121

Source: Historic England

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