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Bowl barrow on Limekiln Hill 650m south east of Green Leaze

A Scheduled Monument in Puncknowle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6806 / 50°40'50"N

Longitude: -2.6473 / 2°38'50"W

OS Eastings: 354364.803306

OS Northings: 86974.962188

OS Grid: SY543869

Mapcode National: GBR PS.0R38

Mapcode Global: FRA 57B8.QH9

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Limekiln Hill 650m south east of Green Leaze

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1958

Last Amended: 29 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018203

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31052

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Puncknowle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Puncknowle St Mary the Blessed Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow just below the crest of Limekiln Hill 650m
south east of Green Leaze.
The barrow has a flat-topped mound, 19m in diameter and up to 1.5m high, with
an animal burrow on its north west side. Surrounding the mound is a quarry
ditch from which material was derived for use during its construction. This is
no longer visible on the surface but will survive as a buried feature about 2m

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 Limekiln Hill 650m south east of Green Leaze 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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