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Bowl barrow 500m north east of Bere Down Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7739 / 50°46'26"N

Longitude: -2.222 / 2°13'19"W

OS Eastings: 384441.668601

OS Northings: 97170.000002

OS Grid: SY844971

Mapcode National: GBR 20C.H14

Mapcode Global: FRA 6771.G4Q

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m north east of Bere Down Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015380

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28349

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 the crest of Bere Down,
overlooking the Bere Valley to the south west and Winterborne Valley to the
north. The barrow forms part of a wider group of seven which together form a
round barrow cemetery on Bere Down.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, flint and chalk with maximum
dimensions of 28m in diameter and c.0.3m 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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Despite some reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow 500m north east of Bere
Down Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the cemetery 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), 437
Other
Description of barrow,
Mention hollow in barrow mound,
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Series
Source Date: 1902
Author:
Publisher:
Surveyor:
Mapped depiction

Source: Historic England

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