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Latitude: 50.8747 / 50°52'28"N
Longitude: -2.1241 / 2°7'26"W
OS Eastings: 391365.018
OS Northings: 108361.858978
OS Grid: ST913083
Mapcode National: GBR 1ZB.3SL
Mapcode Global: FRA 66FS.J9M
Entry Name: Bowl barrow 850m ENE of Langbourne
Scheduled Date: 14 September 1962
Last Amended: 3 September 2002
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1020708
English Heritage Legacy ID: 33577
Civil Parish: Tarrant Launceston
Built-Up Area: Blandford Camp
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Tarrant Monkton with Tarrant Launceston All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
The monument includes a bowl barrow 850m ENE of Langbourne, one of a
dispersed group of barrows on Blandford Race Down.
The barrow has a mound 17m in diameter and 2m high surrounded by a quarry
ditch, from which material was excavated for its construction, visible on the
north and north eastern sides as a surface depression 2.5m wide, but elsewhere
surviving as a buried feature. There is a depression on top of the mound, 2m
wide and at least 4m long on a north east-south west orientation, which may
indicate previous archaeological excavation. The mound has been partly buried
on the western side by recent landscaping.
All buried cables are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath and to either side of them 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 850m ENE of Langbourne is a comparatively well-preserved
example of its class and will contain archaeological deposits providing
information about Bronze Age burial practices, society and the
Source: Historic England
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