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Bind Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6967 / 50°41'48"N

Longitude: -2.7177 / 2°43'3"W

OS Eastings: 349405.705348

OS Northings: 88805.51576

OS Grid: SY494888

Mapcode National: GBR PQ.7Q0Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 5767.F1R

Entry Name: Bind Barrow

Scheduled Date: 22 May 1959

Last Amended: 29 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018200

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29599

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Burton Bradstock

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Burton Bradstock and Chilcombe St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as Bind Barrow, which is situated
in a prominent position on the top of a hill close to the cliff edge. The
barrow has a mound 17m in diameter and approximately 0.6m high. Surrounding
the mound is a quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was
derived. Over the years this has become infilled but will survive as a buried
feature approximately 2m wide. The mound has been dug into and damaged
probably by wartime activities leaving it uneven and mishapen with a circular
area of concrete on the top. A lynchet, possibly representing an old field
boundary, extends from the barrow both to the north and the south, but is not
included in the scheduling.

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

Bind Barrow is a prominent landmark and will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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