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Bowl barrow on Summerlug Hill 250m south of Mannington Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Holt, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8431 / 50°50'35"N

Longitude: -1.9038 / 1°54'13"W

OS Eastings: 406870.287123

OS Northings: 104840.977334

OS Grid: SU068048

Mapcode National: GBR 42N.5GM

Mapcode Global: FRA 66XW.04J

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Summerlug Hill 250m south of Mannington Farm

Scheduled Date: 8 January 1931

Last Amended: 29 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018199

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29596

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Holt

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Holt St James

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow on the top of Summerlug Hill 250m south of
Mannington Farm. The barrow has a mound 22m in diameter and 1.4m high.
surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was
derived. This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried
feature approximately 2m wide. The centre of the mound has been dug into
relatively recently leaving a rectangular depression approximately 3.2m long
by 2m wide and up to 0.5m deep.

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

The bowl barrow on Summerlug Hill, despite having been damaged at its centre,
is a well preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological
remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and

Source: Historic England

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