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Bell barrow on Blackhill Clump 470m north of Mintern's Ferry

A Scheduled Monument in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7426 / 50°44'33"N

Longitude: -2.2274 / 2°13'38"W

OS Eastings: 384047.025234

OS Northings: 93689.763013

OS Grid: SY840936

Mapcode National: GBR 20R.7PS

Mapcode Global: FRA 6773.S20

Entry Name: Bell barrow on Blackhill Clump 470m north of Mintern's Ferry

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1954

Last Amended: 17 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015899

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29052

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


The monument includes a bell barrow situated on a knoll known as Blackhill
Clump, overlooking the Piddle Valley to the south west. The barrow is situated
500m south east of the broadly contemporary round barrow cemetery on
The barrow has a central mound composed of sand, earth and turf with maximum
dimensions of 20m in diameter and c.1.5m in height. The mound is surrounded by
a berm or gently sloping platform 8m wide, and by a ditch from which material
was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become
infilled, but will survive as a buried feature 3m wide.
There are fragmentary remains of a bank c.0.2m high around the edge of the
berm to the north east and across the buried ditch in the north west. This is
likely to represent the remains of a tree ring enclosure which has since been
disturbed by gravel workings.

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

Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary
monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples
belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in
round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds
covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The
burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery
and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows
(particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known
examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods
provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early
prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as
providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a
particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would
normally be considered to be of national importance.

Depsite some quarrying around the periphery, the bell barrow on Blackhill
Clump survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Association of ditch with quarrying, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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