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Bowl barrow 250m north east of Monmouth's Ash Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Horton, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8665 / 50°51'59"N

Longitude: -1.9113 / 1°54'40"W

OS Eastings: 406336.738097

OS Northings: 107450.980603

OS Grid: SU063074

Mapcode National: GBR 428.PKM

Mapcode Global: FRA 66WT.36H

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 250m north east of Monmouth's Ash Farm

Scheduled Date: 21 June 1973

Last Amended: 6 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016093

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29565

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Horton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Woodlands The Ascension

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow on the edge of a low hill 250m north east
of Monmouth's Ash Farm. The barrow has a mound which is 10m in diameter and
approximately 1m high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which
material was excavated during its construction. This has become infilled over
the years but survives as a buried feature approximately 2m wide. This is
possibly one of the barrows on Horton Heath from which urns were recovered but
there are no positive signs of excavation on the mound.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow 250m north east of Monmouth's Ash Farm is a comparatively 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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