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Bowl barrow on Ashley Heath, 510m south east of Duncombe Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in St. Leonards and St. Ives, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8536 / 50°51'13"N

Longitude: -1.8195 / 1°49'10"W

OS Eastings: 412803.788075

OS Northings: 106029.924142

OS Grid: SU128060

Mapcode National: GBR 53X.GT9

Mapcode Global: FRA 762V.2ZP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Ashley Heath, 510m south east of Duncombe Lodge

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018185

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31905

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: St. Leonards and St. Ives

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: St Leonards and St Ives All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the southern edge of a plateau
on Ashley Heath, overlooking the Avon Valley.
The barrow has a mound composed of gravel, sand and earth, with maximum
dimensions of 18m in diameter and about 1.25m in height.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. The ditch is visible as an earthwork 1.5m wide
to the north; elsewhere it has become infilled, but will survive as a buried

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 damage by tree planting operations, the bowl barrow on Ashley
Heath, 510m south east of Duncombe Lodge, 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



Source: Historic England

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