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Bowl barrow 615m north east of Hardy's Birthplace

A Scheduled Monument in Stinsford, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7352 / 50°44'6"N

Longitude: -2.3798 / 2°22'47"W

OS Eastings: 373290.056082

OS Northings: 92912.938578

OS Grid: SY732929

Mapcode National: GBR 0Z6.YYY

Mapcode Global: FRA 57X4.DPC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 615m north east of Hardy's Birthplace

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016279

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29064

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Stinsford

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on an upper terrace of a
south-facing slope, overlooking the Frome Valley.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, gravel and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 7m in diameter and approximately 0.75m in height. There is a
small hollow on the top of the barrow mound, which may represent the site of
an early excavation.
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 1m 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 disturbance by part excavation and the construction of a track
to the north, the bowl barrow 615m north east of Hardy's Birthplace 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), 230
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 129

Source: Historic England

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