Barrow on Parsonage Hill


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Early Neolithic

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Dorset County Council

District Council

East Dorset District Council


Gussage St Michael

Parliamentary Constituency

North Dorset

Grid Reference

SJ981981 (398131, 111377)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.9013, -2.02658

Nearest Postcode

BH21 5HY

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A probable Neolithic long barrow located on Parsonage Hill, just west of the village of Gussage St Michael, near the crest of a ridge between the Gussage and Crichel valleys, overlooking the former. The barrow is listed by RCHME as Gussage St Michael 10 and by Grinsell as Gussage St Michael VI. Ordnance Survey fieldwork in 1954 described the mound as under the plough, 32 metres by 23 metres, and up to 1.4 metres high. The surrounding ditch features a wide causeway on the southern end of the mound. As well as spreading the mound, giving it an almost circular appearance, ploughing has also obscured detail of the ditch, especially at the barrow's northern end. There is no record of any excavation.

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