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Knowlton Circles Barrow Group

Hob Uid: 621849
Location :
Dorset
Woodlands
Grid Ref : SU0210009600
Summary : Bronze Age barrow group focusing on the henge monument of Knowlton Circles. The barrows survive as earthworks and cropmarks, and have been mapped from aerial photographs by EH's Knowlton Circles Project.
More information : (SU 02401019) Tumulus (NR) (1)

The Knowlton Circles Group consists of 35 known barrows including The Great Barrow. Most only appear as cropmarks and can be seen on aerial photographs (CUAP AQ 17, 20, 23; AQY 101, AQ 22: NMR, SU 0209/4, SU 0309/1, ST 9906/2). It is likely there are other barrows in the area as yet undiscovered. The barrows can be placed into three groups on the basis of geographical location; located south and south west of the South Circle, north of the South Circle and around the Centre Circle, and north east of Knowlton Circles. (2)

Since 1975 there has been a 46% increase in the number of barrows identified within the vincinity of Knowlton Circles. These barrows demonstrate clustering around a presumed religious centre, and indicate a break in the tradition originally marked by long barrows. (3)

The barrows described in this record are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs, and have been mapped by EH's Knowlton Circles Project. They are described in detail in separate records (SU 01 SW 43, SU 01 SW 178, SU 01 SW 179). (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10560 1963
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Source : An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume five : east Dorset
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Source Number : 3
Source : The archaeology of Bokerley Dyke
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 05-Jul-02
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Source Number : 5
Source : RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment
Source details : English Heritage: Knowlton Circles, Dorset
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
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Monument Type : Round Barrow, Barrow Cemetery
Evidence : Earthwork, Cropmark

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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DO 18
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 35209
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 01 SW 105
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: KNOWLTON, DORSET
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2000-11-27
End Date : 2001-02-09