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Bowl barrow 400m ESE of Ashley Wood Golf Club House

A Scheduled Monument in Tarrant Rawston, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8566 / 50°51'23"N

Longitude: -2.1146 / 2°6'52"W

OS Eastings: 392028.513837

OS Northings: 106344.499324

OS Grid: ST920063

Mapcode National: GBR 30W.66Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 66GT.VCC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m ESE of Ashley Wood Golf Club House

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1934

Last Amended: 14 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015952

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27364

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Tarrant Rawston

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Tarrant Monkton with Tarrant Launceston All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow 400m ESE of the Club House at Ashley Wood
Golf Club, one of several barrows on Rawston Down. The barrow lies close to,
and appears to be respected by, one of the linear earthworks which extend
eastwards from Buzbury Rings hillfort. The barrow has a mound 22m in diameter
and 3m high, which is slightly flattened on top. The mound is surrounded by a
ditch 3m wide and 0.3m deep.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts although the ground beneath
them is 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

The bowl barrow 400m ESE of the club house at Ashley Wood Golf Club is a well
preserved example of its class and is associated with other bowl barrows on
Rawston Down, a later hillfort and its associated linear earthworks. The
barrow will contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze
Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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