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Bowl barrow in Sares Wood, 430m south west of Wood Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7319 / 50°43'54"N

Longitude: -2.289 / 2°17'20"W

OS Eastings: 379702.080705

OS Northings: 92510.5651

OS Grid: SY797925

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZJ.43G

Mapcode Global: FRA 6734.L33

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Sares Wood, 430m south west of Wood Barn

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1961

Last Amended: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016277

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29056

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Affpuddle with Turnerspuddle St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a gentle north-facing slope,
overlooking the Piddle Valley to the north east and the Frome Valley to the
south west.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, gravel and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 18m in diameter and approximately 1.1m 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 approximately 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

The bowl barrow in Sares Wood, 430m south west of Wood Barn survives 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), 434

Source: Historic England

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