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Bowl barrow on Trigon Hill, 880m north east of Trigon House

A Scheduled Monument in Wareham St. Martin, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7067 / 50°42'23"N

Longitude: -2.1549 / 2°9'17"W

OS Eastings: 389155.9375

OS Northings: 89679.832039

OS Grid: SY891896

Mapcode National: GBR 217.N05

Mapcode Global: FRA 67C6.Q9K

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Trigon Hill, 880m north east of Trigon House

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1961

Last Amended: 17 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015896

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29048

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Wareham St. Martin

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge overlooking the Piddle
Valley to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of sand, earth and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 17m in diameter and c.1.2m in height. Surrounding the mound is 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 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

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 on Trigon Hill survives well and will contain archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to the monument 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), 455

Source: Historic England

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