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Four bowl barrows 240m east of Oak Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7551 / 50°45'18"N

Longitude: -2.1946 / 2°11'40"W

OS Eastings: 386368.636455

OS Northings: 95076.772776

OS Grid: SY863950

Mapcode National: GBR 20L.HZN

Mapcode Global: FRA 6792.T0T

Entry Name: Four bowl barrows 240m east of Oak Cottage

Scheduled Date: 28 September 1960

Last Amended: 7 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015369

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28367

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


The monument includes a group of four bowl barrows situated on a ridge, known
as Broomhill, overlooking the Piddle Valley to the south.
The barrows each have a mound composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum
dimensions of between 13m-17m in diameter and between c.1.2m-1.8m in height.
Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during
the construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the
years, but will survive as buried features c.1.5m-2m 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

The four bowl barrows 240m east of Oak Cottage survive well and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which the barrows were constructed.

Source: Historic England


Mention Grinsell's visit to barrow, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention Grinsell's visit to site, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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