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Bowl barrow 320m north of Brickfield Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Hurn, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7747 / 50°46'28"N

Longitude: -1.8133 / 1°48'47"W

OS Eastings: 413261.523386

OS Northings: 97252.298563

OS Grid: SZ132972

Mapcode National: GBR 54W.BCV

Mapcode Global: FRA 7721.CF4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 320m north of Brickfield Cottage

Scheduled Date: 2 August 1971

Last Amended: 16 May 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016000

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29558

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Hurn

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Sopley St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow 320m north of Brickfield Cottage. It lies
in a prominent position at the end of a ridge and is one of a dispersed group
of barrows on the heathland in this area.
The barrow has a mound which is 15m in diameter and 1.1m high, surrounded by a
quarry ditch from which material was excavated during its construction. This
has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.
All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath
these features 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 320m north of Brickfield Cottage is one of a dispersed group
of barrows on the heathland in this area. It is a well preserved example of
its class and will contain archaeological remains providing information about
Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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