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Bowl barrow on Poor Common 370m north east of Holmwood

A Scheduled Monument in Ferndown Town, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7898 / 50°47'23"N

Longitude: -1.8992 / 1°53'56"W

OS Eastings: 407203.035822

OS Northings: 98914.5538

OS Grid: SZ072989

Mapcode National: GBR 438.DNX

Mapcode Global: FRA 67X0.7XK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Poor Common 370m north east of Holmwood

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018414

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31055

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Ferndown Town

Built-Up Area: Ferndown

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Ferndown St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow, at the edge of low plateau, on Poor
Common 370m north east of Holmwood.
The barrow has a mound, about 15m in diameter and up to 0.5m in height,
surrounded by a sub-circular quarry ditch, 0.8m wide and up to 1m deep.
Partial excavation in 1997 revealed that the mound had been constructed using
a core of deliberately cut turves covered by soil from the quarry ditch.
Ploughing in the past has reduced the height of the mound and probably
encroached on its western side. The mound has also been disturbed by animal
burrows in the past.

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 disturbance by ploughing the barrow on Poor Common 370m north east of
Holmwood is well preserved and partial excavation has provided an insight into
its construction method. It will contain archaeological remains providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Grinsell, L V, Dorset Barrows (unpublished notes),
Valentin, J, The archaeological evalustion of a possible barrow at Poor Commn, (1997)

Source: Historic England

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