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Bowl barrow on the eastern part of Ashley Heath, 660m north west of Ashley Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in St. Leonards and St. Ives, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8516 / 50°51'5"N

Longitude: -1.8202 / 1°49'12"W

OS Eastings: 412750.945242

OS Northings: 105797.175036

OS Grid: SU127057

Mapcode National: GBR 53X.GMG

Mapcode Global: FRA 762V.8PR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on the eastern part of Ashley Heath, 660m north west of Ashley Lodge

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018758

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31911

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: St. Leonards and St. Ives

Built-Up Area: St Leonards

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: St Leonards and St Ives All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated below the crest of a ridge with
panoramic views. The barrow has a mound composed of sand, earth and turf, with
maximum dimensions of 25m in diameter and about 1m in height. Surrounding the
mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of
the monument. This has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a
buried feature 2.5m wide.

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 Ashley Heath, 660m north west of Ashley Lodge survives well
and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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