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Two bowl barrows on Furze Hill, 800m north east of Miller's Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Morden, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7827 / 50°46'57"N

Longitude: -2.1187 / 2°7'7"W

OS Eastings: 391726.089747

OS Northings: 98125.799035

OS Grid: SY917981

Mapcode National: GBR 209.Z0F

Mapcode Global: FRA 67G0.LF2

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows on Furze Hill, 800m north east of Miller's Farm

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016282

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29069

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Morden

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Almer and Charborough St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes two bowl barrows, aligned north east by south west,
situated on the western side of a south-facing slope, overlooking the
Winterborne Valley to the south west. The barrows represent two of four which
occur within the area.
The barrows each have a mound composed of chalk, earth and turf, with maximum
dimensions of between 19m-21m in diameter and approximately 0.55m-1.2m in
height. The southern side of the south eastern barrow mound has been partly
truncated by a track aligned north east by south west.
Surrounding each mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the years,
but each will survive as a buried feature 2m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling are the fence posts relating to the modern field
boundary, although the ground beneath them is included.

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.

The two bowl barrows on Furze Hill 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

Sources

Other
Mention barrow, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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