Bowl Barrow 460m North East of Bere Down Farm
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Dorset County Council
Purbeck District Council
Mid Dorset and North Poole
SJ842842 (384190, 97343)
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A bowl barrow located circa 46o metres north east of Bere Down Farm. Listed by RCHME as Berre Regis 109 and by Grinsell as Bere Regis 5, it was described by RCHME as a much spread mound 60 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet high. In 1981, the Ordnance Survey recorded it as 20 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. It is scheduled. RCHME tentatively identified it with a barrow excavated circa 1850, one of four described by Warne and originally said to be on "Kingston Down", though it is now accepted that all four were on Bere Down. This barrow, assuming the RCHME are correct in their identification, was Warne's tumulus 11, and listed separately by Grinsell as Bere Regis 8c. Grinsell made no attempt to identify these four excavated barrows with any of the known extant barrows in the area. Warne described the barrow as being up to 3 feet high and 20 feet in diameter. Two urned cremations were found. It is not clear from Warne's account if either (or indeed both) could be regarded as primary interments. One roughly central, and was covered by a thin slab of green sandstone. The other was towards the south, and he described it as being in a "cist" (pit). The pottery has been described as Deverel-Rimbury. Warne's tumulus 11 was formerly recorded separately as part of SY 89 NW 31. That record should be consulted for additional sources and further information.
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