Bowl Barrow 360m South West of Clandon Farm
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Early Bronze Age
Dorset County Council
West Dorset District Council
Winterborne St Martin
SJ657657 (365740, 88948)
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A bowl barrow situated on a chalk ridge overlooking the Frome valley to the north and the South Winterbourne valley to the south. It is listed by Grinsell as Winterborne St Martin 32 and by RCHME as Winterborme St Martin 135. Curiously described as "ploughed almost flat" by RCHME, in 1980 the Ordnance Survey recorded it as an earthwork mound 44 metres in diameter and 1.7 metres high, though clearly reduced and spread by ploughing. Air photographs show that the mound is surrounded by two concentric ditch circuits, now visible only as cropmarks. No surface evidence for them was noted in 1980. RCHME described the two circuits as being 80 feet and 40 feet in diameter respectively, and are therefore both now covered by the spread mound. The barrow was dug into in 1883 by Edward Cunnington, who found a central cairn covering two inhumations and a Beaker, the latter now in Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Two secondary cremations, one associated with potsherds were also found. Around 10 inhumations, said to be of possible Roman date, were found about 1 foot below the surface of the mound. Scheduled.
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