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Bowl barrow on Wood Hill 310m north east of Cowden

A Scheduled Monument in Charminster, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.746 / 50°44'45"N

Longitude: -2.4542 / 2°27'15"W

OS Eastings: 368047.976319

OS Northings: 94137.763235

OS Grid: SY680941

Mapcode National: GBR PY.3H93

Mapcode Global: FRA 57R3.MP5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Wood Hill 310m north east of Cowden

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1960

Last Amended: 10 January 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019395

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33548

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Charminster

Built-Up Area: Charlton Down

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Charminster St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow on the summit of Wood Hill 310m north east
of Cowden. The barrow has a mound 20m in diameter and 0.6m high. Surrounding
the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was derived for its
construction. This has become infilled over the years and is no longer
visible, but will survive as a buried feature about 2m 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 Wood Hill 310m north east of Cowden has been reduced in
height by ploughing but survives comparatively well and will contain
archaeological deposits providing information about burial practices, the
economy and environment at the time the barrow was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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