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Bowl barrow in Morden Park 350m south west of Hunting Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Morden, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.74 / 50°44'23"N

Longitude: -2.1381 / 2°8'17"W

OS Eastings: 390351.015835

OS Northings: 93382.242123

OS Grid: SY903933

Mapcode National: GBR 20W.D8F

Mapcode Global: FRA 67D4.4TV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Morden Park 350m south west of Hunting Bridge

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016281

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29068

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Morden

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Morden St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on level ground, overlooking the
Sherford Valley to the south east.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, gravel and turf, with maximum
dimensions of 14m in diameter and approximately 1.2m in height. On the top of
the mound is a central hollow with maximum dimensions of 3m by 2.5m and
approximately 0.25m deep. This is likely to represent an Antiquarian
excavation hollow.
The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. The ditch is visible to the south west and
south east as an earthwork 1.2m wide and approximately 0.3m deep; elsewhere
the ditch has become infilled, but will survive as a buried feature.

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 in Morden Park 350m south west of
Hunting Bridge survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 446

Source: Historic England

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