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Bowl barrow on Little Puddle Hill, 920m north west of Fidler's Green Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stinsford, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7536 / 50°45'13"N

Longitude: -2.417 / 2°25'1"W

OS Eastings: 370682.143152

OS Northings: 94976.693502

OS Grid: SY706949

Mapcode National: GBR PZ.7TN8

Mapcode Global: FRA 57T3.46S

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Little Puddle Hill, 920m north west of Fidler's Green Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017261

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33166

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Stinsford

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Puddletown with Athelhampton and Burleston St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the lower south facing slope
of Little Puddle Hill, with views across the Frome Valley.
The barrow, which was recorded by the Royal Commission on the Historic
Monuments of England in 1970, has a mound composed of earth and chalk, with
maximum dimensions of 25m in diameter and about 0.6m in height. Surrounding
the mound is 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 2m wide.
The barrow lies within an extensive area of field system which is likely to
have prehistoric origins. The field system has been reduced by ploughing and
is not included in the scheduling.

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 reduction by ploughing the bowl barrow on Little Puddle Hill,
920m north west of Fidler's Green Farm, survives comparatively well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the wider landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 231

Source: Historic England

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