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Bowl barrow 450m north west of Duck Dairy House

A Scheduled Monument in Puddletown, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7248 / 50°43'29"N

Longitude: -2.3731 / 2°22'23"W

OS Eastings: 373762.776612

OS Northings: 91752.643853

OS Grid: SY737917

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZF.DVT

Mapcode Global: FRA 57X5.9BG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m north west of Duck Dairy House

Scheduled Date: 13 December 1929

Last Amended: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016278

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29063

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Puddletown

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Puddletown with Athelhampton and Burleston St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge overlooking the Frome
Valley to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, gravel and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 30m in diameter and approximately 1.8m in height. The mound is
terraced into the south-facing slope and is approximately 1.5m high on the
northern side. On the top of the mound is a hollow 4m wide and approximately
0.7m deep which is likely to represent the site of an early excavation.
The mound is surrounded by a ditch to the north, east and west, from which
material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch is
visible as an intermittent earthwork 2m wide and approximately 0.5m deep;
elsewhere it has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried

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 part excavation, the bowl barrow 450m north west of Duck Dairy House
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), 230
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 129

Source: Historic England

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