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Bowl barrow 120m south of the southern extent of Horse Close Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7771 / 50°46'37"N

Longitude: -2.2402 / 2°14'24"W

OS Eastings: 383161.153752

OS Northings: 97529.532502

OS Grid: SY831975

Mapcode National: GBR 20B.BF5

Mapcode Global: FRA 6761.7AV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 120m south of the southern extent of Horse Close Plantation

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1961

Last Amended: 5 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015387

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28363

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Bere Regis

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Winterborne Whitechurch St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated at the eastern end of a chalk
ridge overlooking the Bere Valley to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, chalk and flint, with maximum
dimensions of 20m in diameter and c.1m 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.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts relating to the modern field
boundary, although the ground beneath is included.

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 around the periphery, the bowl barrow 120m
south of the southern extent of Horse Close Plantation 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

Sources

Other
Mention no sign of ditch in 1954, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention size of barrow in 1954, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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