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Bowl barrow on Farm Heath, 450m south west of Worgret Heath Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Arne, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6892 / 50°41'21"N

Longitude: -2.1532 / 2°9'11"W

OS Eastings: 389272.456052

OS Northings: 87739.135392

OS Grid: SY892877

Mapcode National: GBR 21F.NFV

Mapcode Global: FRA 67C8.4Z4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Farm Heath, 450m south west of Worgret Heath Farm

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016275

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29061

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Arne

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

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

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a small 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 12m in diameter and approximately 0.6m in height.
The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. The ditch has become infilled over the years,
but will survive as a buried feature 1.5m wide.

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.

Despite some reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow 450m south west of
Worgret Heath Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which
it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 452
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 452

Source: Historic England

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