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Bowl barrow on Eype Down 275m east of Frogmore Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Symondsbury, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7299 / 50°43'47"N

Longitude: -2.7974 / 2°47'50"W

OS Eastings: 343818.423958

OS Northings: 92554.571278

OS Grid: SY438925

Mapcode National: GBR PN.FDFV

Mapcode Global: FRA 5714.S0P

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Eype Down 275m east of Frogmore Farm

Scheduled Date: 30 December 1958

Last Amended: 6 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016100

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29573

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Symondsbury

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Symondsbury St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow in a prominent location on Eype Down 275m
east of Frogmore Farm. The barrow has a mound, 18m in diameter and 1.5m high,
on the top of which is a large depression, possibly the result of an
unrecorded antiquarian excavation. The mound is 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 approximately 2m

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 on Eype Down 275m east of Frogmore Farm 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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