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Bowl barrow in Piddle Wood, 530m north east of Gate Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7518 / 50°45'6"N

Longitude: -2.2481 / 2°14'53"W

OS Eastings: 382595.409769

OS Northings: 94716.951266

OS Grid: SY825947

Mapcode National: GBR 20J.VW4

Mapcode Global: FRA 6753.4AC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Piddle Wood, 530m north east of Gate Barn

Scheduled Date: 11 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015901

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29055

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Affpuddle with Turnerspuddle St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge overlooking the Bere
Valley to the north.
The barrow has a mound composed of sand, earth and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 16m in diameter and approximately 1.8m in height. The northern
edge of the barrow has been levelled in order to enable the construction of a
track. 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.

Despite some disturbance by the construction of a track, the bowl barrow in
Piddle Wood 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

Other
Mention barrow in Piddle wood, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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