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Mag's Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in West Parley, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7868 / 50°47'12"N

Longitude: -1.8829 / 1°52'58"W

OS Eastings: 408352.953529

OS Northings: 98583.524517

OS Grid: SZ083985

Mapcode National: GBR 438.QS5

Mapcode Global: FRA 67Y0.G91

Entry Name: Mag's Barrow

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1928

Last Amended: 16 May 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015794

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27480

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: West Parley

Built-Up Area: Ferndown

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: West Parley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes Mag's Barrow, a bowl barrow in a garden on the street
known as Mag's Barrow, West Parley, one of a dispersed group of barrows on the
former heathland on Parley Common. The barrow has a mound, 25m in diameter and
2m high, surrounded by a quarry ditch, from which material was excavated
during its construction. The ditch has become infilled over the years and
survives as a buried feature 3m wide.
All fence posts, paved areas, the bungalow and the surface of the drive are
excluded from the scheduled area although the ground beneath these features
has been included.

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

Mag's Barrow is a 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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