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Bowl barrow on North Hill 750m north east of Marsh Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Bothenhampton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7135 / 50°42'48"N

Longitude: -2.738 / 2°44'16"W

OS Eastings: 347987.34217

OS Northings: 90690.299481

OS Grid: SY479906

Mapcode National: GBR PP.MQHF

Mapcode Global: FRA 5746.54B

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on North Hill 750m north east of Marsh Barn

Scheduled Date: 29 September 1960

Last Amended: 22 December 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016371

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29576

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Bothenhampton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Burton Bradstock and Chilcombe St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow on the top of North Hill, 750m north east
of Marsh Barn.
The barrow has a mound which is 20m in diameter and 0.8m high. There is a
large crater at the centre of the mound, 5m in diameter and 0.3m deep, perhaps
indicating past excavation although there is no record of this. Surrounding
the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was excavated during its
construction. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried
feature approximately 3m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling is the triangulation point although the ground
beneath this feature is included.

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 on North Hill 750m north east of Marsh Barn is a comparatively
well preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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