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Bowl barrow 600m north east of Beacon Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Ferndown Town, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7949 / 50°47'41"N

Longitude: -1.9048 / 1°54'17"W

OS Eastings: 406806.488995

OS Northings: 99486.901628

OS Grid: SZ068994

Mapcode National: GBR 437.5U3

Mapcode Global: FRA 66WZ.ZNR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 600m north east of Beacon Farm

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1928

Last Amended: 16 May 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015996

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29553

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 bowl barrow 600m north east of Beacon Farm, one of a
dispersed group of barrows on the heathland of Parley and Ferndown Commons.
The barrow has a mound, 32m in diameter and c.3m high, surrounded by a quarry
ditch, from which material was excavated during its construction. This
survives as a depression 4m wide and up to 0.75m deep. A second barrow c.80m
to the south 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

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 600m north east of Beacon Farm, is one of a dispersed group of
barrows on the heathlands of 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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