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Latitude: 50.9855 / 50°59'7"N
Longitude: -2.0852 / 2°5'6"W
OS Eastings: 394114.682178
OS Northings: 120682.6854
OS Grid: ST941206
Mapcode National: GBR 2ZC.1NJ
Mapcode Global: FRA 66JH.TQ9
Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Bridmore Belt, 940m north east of Ashcombe Farm
Scheduled Date: 15 July 1955
Last Amended: 11 February 2002
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1020462
English Heritage Legacy ID: 33559
Civil Parish: Berwick St. John
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: Berwick St John St John
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
The monument includes a bowl barrow in Bridmore Belt, 940m north east of
The barrow has a mound, partly disturbed by the road on its northern side, 10m
in diameter and up to 0.8m high. This is surrounded by a quarry ditch from
which material was derived for its construction; this is visible on the
western side of the mound and will survive elsewhere as a buried feature
about 2m wide. There is a depression on the north western side of the mound
suggesting that it has been excavated in the past, but there are no records of
this. Aerial photographs suggest that the barrow probably lay within a field
system which is no longer visible on the ground and is not included in the
All fence posts and the road surface are excluded from the scheduling,
although the ground beneath these features is included.
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
Cranborne Chase is an area of chalkland well known for its high number,
density and diversity of archaeological remains. These include a rare
combination of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age sites, comprising one of the
largest concentrations of burial monuments in England, the largest known
cursus (a linear ritual monument) and a significant number and range of henge
monuments (Late Neolithic ceremonial centres). Other important remains include
a variety of enclosures, settlements, field systems and linear boundaries
which date throughout prehistory and into the Romano-British and medieval
periods. This high level of survival of archaeological remains is due largely
to the later history of the Chase. Cranborne Chase formed a Royal Hunting
Ground from at least Norman times, and much of the archaeological survival
within the area resulted from associated laws controlling land-use which
applied until 1830. The unique archaeological character of the Chase has
attracted much attention over the years, notably during the later 19th
century, by the pioneering work on the Chase of General Pitt-Rivers, Sir
Richard Colt Hoare and Edward Cunnington, often regarded as the fathers of
British archaeology. Archaeological investigations have continued throughout
the 20th century and to the present day.
Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic 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. Over 10,000 bowl barrows are known to survive
nationally, of which a cluster of at least 395 examples has been identified on
Cranborne Chase. Some of these have been levelled by ploughing but remain
visible from the air as ring ditches. Buried remains will nevertheless survive
at these sites, both within the ditch fills and associated with the central
burial pit. Bowl barrows are particularly representative of their period,
whilst their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type
will provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social
organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and
constitute a significant component of the archaeology of Cranborne Chase. All
surviving examples within this area are, therefore, considered to be of
The bowl barrow in Bridmore Belt, 940m north east of Ashcombe Farm is part
of a dispersed scatter of similar monuments in this area of Cranborne Chase.
It will contain archaeological remains providing information relating to later
prehistoric funerary practices, society and the contemporary environment.
Source: Historic England
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