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Sandy Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in West Stafford, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7008 / 50°42'2"N

Longitude: -2.3868 / 2°23'12"W

OS Eastings: 372778.630653

OS Northings: 89089.533293

OS Grid: SY727890

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZL.WYJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 57W7.3ZN

Entry Name: Sandy Barrow

Scheduled Date: 21 March 1958

Last Amended: 11 February 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017280

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33537

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: West Stafford

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Dorchester and West Stafford

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow known as Sandy Barrow, situated on level
ground 400m north east of Stafford Farm. The barrow has a mound, partially cut
away by the road on its western side, 25m in diameter and 2.5m high. The mound
is surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material was derived for its
construction. This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a
buried feature about 3m wide.
The road surface is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
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 known as Sandy Barrow is a comparatively well preserved
example of its class and will include archaeological deposits containing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, society and the contemporary

Source: Historic England

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