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Bowl barrow 500m north east of Afflington Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Corfe Castle, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.625 / 50°37'29"N

Longitude: -2.0417 / 2°2'30"W

OS Eastings: 397146.159003

OS Northings: 80588.411935

OS Grid: SY971805

Mapcode National: GBR 33P.LNK

Mapcode Global: FRA 67MF.0DT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m north east of Afflington Farm

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1959

Last Amended: 17 May 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016914

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33163

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Corfe Castle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Kingston St James

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a ridge overlooking the Corfe
Valley to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth and gravel, with maximum dimensions
of 20m in diameter and about 0.75m in height. 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 about 2m 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 reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow 500m north east of
Afflington Farm 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), 443

Source: Historic England

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