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Bowl barrow on Bloxworth Down, 740m south of Marsh Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Anderson, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7681 / 50°46'5"N

Longitude: -2.1817 / 2°10'53"W

OS Eastings: 387285.267384

OS Northings: 96512.199197

OS Grid: SY872965

Mapcode National: GBR 20F.M8Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 6791.ZVJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Bloxworth Down, 740m south of Marsh Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 February 1962

Last Amended: 29 January 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017626

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29073

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Anderson

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bloxworth St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on Bloxworth Down, overlooking
the Winterborne Valley to the north. The barrow forms part of a dispersed
group of four situated to the north and north west of the round barrow
cemetery on Bloxworth Down.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth and chalk with maximum dimensions of
32m 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 approximately 3m wide.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Despite some reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow on Bloxworth Down, 740m
south of Marsh 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


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 440
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 94

Source: Historic England

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