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Two bowl barrows 350m north of Bere Down Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7747 / 50°46'29"N

Longitude: -2.2286 / 2°13'43"W

OS Eastings: 383973.663547

OS Northings: 97263.022951

OS Grid: SY839972

Mapcode National: GBR 20C.7CT

Mapcode Global: FRA 6761.CLM

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 350m north of Bere Down Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016072

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28350

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Bere Regis

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bere Regis St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes two bowl barrows aligned north east-south west and
situated on the south-facing slope of Bere Down, overlooking the Bere Valley
to the south west. The barrows form part of a wider group of seven which
together form a round barrow cemetery on Bere Down.
The barrows each have a mound composed of earth, flint and chalk with maximum
dimensions of 15m in diameter and between c.0.25-0.4m in height. Each mound is
surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction
of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the years, but will
survive as buried features c.1.5m wide.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Despite some reduction by ploughing, the two bowl barrows 350m north of Bere
Down Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which
they were constructed.

Source: Historic England


Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Series
Source Date: 1902
Mapped depiction

Source: Historic England

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