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Two bowl barrows on South Heath, 900m SSE of The Bungalow

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7026 / 50°42'9"N

Longitude: -2.1971 / 2°11'49"W

OS Eastings: 386174.429867

OS Northings: 89234.379695

OS Grid: SY861892

Mapcode National: GBR 215.WWM

Mapcode Global: FRA 6787.5TG

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows on South Heath, 900m SSE of The Bungalow

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1961

Last Amended: 25 September 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017694

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28335

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: East Stoke

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bere Regis St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes two bowl barrows situated on South Heath, on an east-
facing slope, overlooking the Piddle Valley to the north east and Frome Valley
to the south east.
The barrows, which are aligned north west by south east, each have a mound
composed of sand, gravel and turf, with maximum dimensions of 14m-18m in
diameter and 1.8m-2m in height. Both barrows have a cut through the top of
the mound; these features represent tank tracks and relate to former military
training activities.
Each mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during
the construction of the monument. The ditches have become infilled over the
years, but will survive as buried features 1.5m 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 disturbance by military training activities, the two bowl barrows
on South Heath survive well and will contain archaeological and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England


RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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