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Bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of Baker's Folly

A Scheduled Monument in Ibberton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8641 / 50°51'50"N

Longitude: -2.297 / 2°17'49"W

OS Eastings: 379194.022401

OS Northings: 107221.240001

OS Grid: ST791072

Mapcode National: GBR 0XS.N33

Mapcode Global: FRA 662T.8YH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of Baker's Folly

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1961

Last Amended: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016687

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31064

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Ibberton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Ibberton St Eustace

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of Baker's
Folly, on the crest of a ridge just below the summit.
The barrow has a mound, 1m high and 17m in diameter. It is now slighty
elongated due to erosion caused by a track which clips its eastern edge. A
small depression in the centre of the mound suggests partial excavation.
Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch which provided material for its
construction. This is no longer visible but will survive as a buried feature
approximately 2m wide. The barrow lies within a prehistoric field system,
which is itself overlain in places by a medieval field system. The field
systems are not included in the scheduling, except where they fall within the
extent of the monument. A prehistoric field bank overlies the barrow ditch at
one point thereby demonstrating the stratigraphic relationship of these two

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 some disturbance, the bowl barrow on Ibberton Hill 250m south of
Baker's Folly survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological
deposits providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and
environment. The visible relationship with a section of prehistoric field
system is unusual.

Source: Historic England

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