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Three bowl barrows on High Bullen 230m south west of Hazelbower

A Scheduled Monument in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7445 / 50°44'40"N

Longitude: -2.8428 / 2°50'34"W

OS Eastings: 340627.884352

OS Northings: 94220.280648

OS Grid: SY406942

Mapcode National: GBR PM.7D58

Mapcode Global: FRA 47Y3.L9Q

Entry Name: Three bowl barrows on High Bullen 230m south west of Hazelbower

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1969

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018872

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31061

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Whitchurch Canonicorum

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Chideock St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes three adjacent bowl barrows, aligned east-west, on High
Bullen, 230m south west of Hazelbower, on a south facing slope just below the
summit of the hill and close to the parish boundary.
The barrows have mounds ranging between 4m and 6m in diameter and between 0.3m
and 0.5m in height. Each is surrounded by a quarry ditch. These have become
infilled over the years, but will survive as buried features approximately 1m

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 barrows on High Bullen 230m south west of Hazelbower are unusually
small in size and will contain archaeological remains providing information
about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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