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Bell barrow 500m north east of Beacon Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ferndown Town, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7939 / 50°47'38"N

Longitude: -1.9051 / 1°54'18"W

OS Eastings: 406787.576613

OS Northings: 99373.782628

OS Grid: SZ067993

Mapcode National: GBR 437.5EQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 66WZ.ZLM

Entry Name: Bell barrow 500m north east of Beacon Farm

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1928

Last Amended: 16 May 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015995

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29552

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Ferndown Town

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Ferndown St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bell barrow 500m north east of Beacon Farm, one of a
dispersed group of barrows on Parley and Ferndown Commons. The bell barrow
has a mound, 25m in diameter, surrounded by a sloping berm, c.3m wide, and is
3m high. Surrounding the mound and berm is a quarry ditch from which material
was excavated during the construction of the barrow. This is visible as a
depression up to 4m wide and 0.8m deep. A second barrow c.80m to the north is
the subject of a separate scheduling.

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.

The bell barrow 500m north east of Beacon Farm is one of a dispersed group of
barrows on the heathland in this area and is a well preserved example of its
class. It will contain archaeological remains providing information about
Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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