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Two bowl barrows on South Heath, 290m and 370m east of Binnegar Hall

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke,

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Latitude: 50.6845 / 50°41'4"N

Longitude: -2.1612 / 2°9'40"W

OS Eastings: 388703.9334

OS Northings: 87217.6584

OS Grid: SY887872

Mapcode National: GBR 21F.SJR

Mapcode Global: FRA 67C8.FTN

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows on South Heath, 290m and 370m east of Binnegar Hall

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1961

Last Amended: 15 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016276

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29062

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, which falls into two areas, includes two bowl barrows situated
on the southern edge of a plateau known as South Heath, overlooking the Frome
Valley to the south.
The barrows were recorded by L V Grinsell (1959) and the Royal Commission on
the Historic Monuments in England (1970), when each barrow had a mound 9m in
diameter and between approximately 0.9m-1.2m in height. The eastern barrow
mound has since been reduced, but survives as a stony patch approximately 0.3m
high. The two mounds are each surrounded by a ditch from which material was
quarried during their construction. These have become infilled over the years,
but each 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 reduction, the two bowl barrows on South Heath, east of Binnegar
Hall, survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 452
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 108

Source: Historic England

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