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Two bowl barrows in Plumley Wood, 1020m and 1060m south east of decoy pond, on Cranborne Common

A Scheduled Monument in Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8887 / 50°53'19"N

Longitude: -1.8432 / 1°50'35"W

OS Eastings: 411125.458697

OS Northings: 109920.961293

OS Grid: SU111099

Mapcode National: GBR 425.8T9

Mapcode Global: FRA 760R.KQ7

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows in Plumley Wood, 1020m and 1060m south east of decoy pond, on Cranborne Common

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018757

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31910

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Hyde with Ellingham and Harbridge

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl
barrows aligned NNW-SSE and situated on a prominent ridge with panoramic
views. The barrows were recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1959. Each has a
mound composed of sand, earth and turf, with maximum dimensions of 9m and 22m
in diameter and about 0.5m and 1.2m in height, the larger mound is to the
north. Surrounding each mound is a ditch from which material was quarried
during the construction of the monument. These have become infilled over the
years, but both will survive as buried features.
During 1940 a look-out post was constructed on one of the barrows and a Late
Bronze Age urn was recovered. The urn was deposited at Christchurch Museum.

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 some disturbance by forest planting and wartime operations, the two
bowl barrows in Plumley Wood, 1020m and 1060m south of decoy pond on Cranborne
Common survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed. These are two of a number of barrows surviving in this part
of Ringwood Forest.

Source: Historic England


Mention LBA Bucket Urn found 1940, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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