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Bowl barrow on Dunyeat's Hill 650m south west of Arrowsmith House

A Scheduled Monument in Broadstone, Poole

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Latitude: 50.7686 / 50°46'6"N

Longitude: -1.9806 / 1°58'50"W

OS Eastings: 401462.372786

OS Northings: 96552.072882

OS Grid: SZ014965

Mapcode National: GBR 320.Q31

Mapcode Global: FRA 67R1.S87

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Dunyeat's Hill 650m south west of Arrowsmith House

Scheduled Date: 26 February 1962

Last Amended: 29 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018030

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29590

County: Poole

Electoral Ward/Division: Broadstone

Built-Up Area: Poole

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Broadstone St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow on Dunyeat's Hill 650m south west of
Arrowsmith House, situated in a prominent position at the eastern end of a
spur. The barrow has a mound 11.5m in diameter and up to 1.3m high,
surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was
derived, now visible a slight depression 2m wide. A large depression in the
centre of the mound, 2m in diameter and 1m deep, suggests that it has been
excavated in the past.

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 its disturbance in antiquity, the bowl barrow on Dunyeat's Hill 650m
south west of Arrowsmith House is a well preserved example of its class and
will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age
beliefs, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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