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Two bowl barrows at Gibbet Firs, 950m south west and 1080m south west of Palmers Ford Works

A Scheduled Monument in Hurn, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7963 / 50°47'46"N

Longitude: -1.8634 / 1°51'48"W

OS Eastings: 409721.158802

OS Northings: 99644.309872

OS Grid: SZ097996

Mapcode National: GBR 433.XB8

Mapcode Global: FRA 66ZZ.PVY

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows at Gibbet Firs, 950m south west and 1080m south west of Palmers Ford Works

Scheduled Date: 25 September 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016091

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29563

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Hurn

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Holdenhurst St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument, which lies in two areas, includes two bowl barrows at Gibbet
Firs on East Parley Common, close to the parish boundary between Hurn and
Ferndown Town. The northern barrow has a mound 16m in diameter and 1.8m high
surrounded by a quarry ditch, 3m wide, from which material was excavated
during its construction. The southern barrow has a mound 20m in diameter and
2m high surrounded by a quarry ditch, 3m wide. A 19th century gibbet formerly
stood between the two barrows but there is now no trace of it.
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 two bowl barrows on East Parley Common are part of a dispersed group of
barrows on the heathland in this area. Well preserved examples of their class,
they will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze
Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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