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Bowl barrow on Farm Heath, 470m south east of Hill Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6905 / 50°41'25"N

Longitude: -2.1595 / 2°9'34"W

OS Eastings: 388830.513491

OS Northings: 87887.854136

OS Grid: SY888878

Mapcode National: GBR 21F.LVK

Mapcode Global: FRA 67C7.VYL

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Farm Heath, 470m south east of Hill Cottages

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016272

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29058

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: East Stoke

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wool, East Burton and Combe Keynes

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a knoll,
overlooking the Piddle Valley to the north.
The barrow, which was recorded by the Royal Commission on the Historic
Monuments in England (1970), has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf,
with maximum dimensions of 13m in diameter and approximately 2m in height. The
mound has a slit trench which relates to former military training activities.
The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. This has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a
buried feature 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

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

Despite some recent damage, the bowl barrow 470m south east of Hill Cottages
survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Mention slit trench in barrow mound, RCHME,

Source: Historic England

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