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Bowl barrow 60m north east of Hethfelton Farm

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6859 / 50°41'9"N

Longitude: -2.2019 / 2°12'6"W

OS Eastings: 385830.892147

OS Northings: 87376.864459

OS Grid: SY858873

Mapcode National: GBR 21C.VGZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 6788.9ZJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 60m north east of Hethfelton Farm

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1961

Last Amended: 21 January 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018192

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29081

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: East Stoke

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wool, East Burton and Combe Keynes

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a knoll overlooking the Frome
Valley to the south.
The barrow was recorded by L V Grinsell in 1959 and Royal Commission on the
Historic Monuments of England in 1970. It has a mound composed of sand, earth
and turf, with maximum dimensions of 17m in diameter and about 1m in height.
Surrounding the mound is 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 2m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow 60m north east of Hethfelton Farm survives well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 452
Grinsell, L V, 'Procs Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Soc.' in Dorset Barrows, (1959), 107

Source: Historic England

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