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Two bowl barrows 320m south west of Laycock Dairy Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stinsford, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7516 / 50°45'5"N

Longitude: -2.4052 / 2°24'18"W

OS Eastings: 371508.615097

OS Northings: 94746.632463

OS Grid: SY715947

Mapcode National: GBR PZ.84KY

Mapcode Global: FRA 57V3.8S4

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 320m south west of Laycock Dairy Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 March 1961

Last Amended: 14 March 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017266

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33174

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 two bowl barrows aligned north west by south east,
situated on a low ridge overlooking a dry valley to the north east.
The barrows, which were recorded by the Royal Commission on the Historical
Monuments of England in 1970, each have a mound composed of earth and chalk,
with maximum dimensions of 16m and 14m in diameter respectively and about 0.5m
in height. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument. These have become infilled
over the years, but each will survive as a buried feature 1.5m wide.
The barrows lie within an extensive area of field system which is likely to
have prehistoric origins. However this has since been reduced by ploughing to
the extent that only fragmentary remains will survive. The field system 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 two bowl barrows 320m south west of
Laycock Dairy Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which
they were constructed.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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