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Bowl barrow 350m north of Naked Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Corfe Mullen, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7623 / 50°45'44"N

Longitude: -2.0294 / 2°1'45"W

OS Eastings: 398021.593749

OS Northings: 95856.234089

OS Grid: SY980958

Mapcode National: GBR 324.3QN

Mapcode Global: FRA 67M2.C6D

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m north of Naked Cross

Scheduled Date: 18 July 1974

Last Amended: 8 May 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015786

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27472

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Corfe Mullen

Built-Up Area: Poole

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Corfe Mullen St Hubert

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow 350m north of Naked Cross. The mound is
10m in diameter and c.0.8m high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from
which material was excavated during its construction. This has become infilled
over the years but survives as a buried feature 2m wide.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath
these features 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.

The bowl barrow 350m north of Naked Cross is a comparatively well preserved
example of its class and will contain archaeological remains providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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