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Monument Number 453975

Hob Uid: 453975
Location :
Dorset
West Stafford
Grid Ref : SY7148089710
Summary : A Bronze Age round barrow, suggested to be a bowl barrow, is one of a pair of mounds situated on Frome Hill, 520 metres west of Frome Farm. The barrow mound, which is scheduled and has been taken out of cultivation, measures 16 metres in diameter and 1.8 metres high. Aerial photography and ground survey have been unable to confirm the presence of a surrounding ditch, although it seems probable that one exists.
More information : (A' - SY 71508970; 'B' - SY 72478972) Tumuli (NR) (1)

'A'. Bowl barrow. On Frome Hill above 200ft. Diameter about 55ft, height 6ft. Irregular.

'B'. Bowl barrow. 47 yds. NW of 'A'. Ploughed almost flat. (2,3)

'A' - SY 71508970. Bowl barrow, not ploughed. Diameter 16.0m, height 2.3m.

'B' - SY 71468972. Ploughed-down barrow. Diameter approximately 16.0m, height 0.8m maximum.

Published surveys (1:2500) revised. (4)

Two bowl barrows situated on Frome Hill, 520 metres west of Frome Farm. The barrows stand about 18 metres apart, aligned north-west - south-east. The eastern barrow mound measures 16 metres in diameter and 1.8 metres high. The western barrow has been reduced in height by ploughing and now measures about 16 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. The quarry ditches which surround the barrows have become infilled over time but will survive as buried features, around 2 metres wide. Scheduled. (5)

NB Barrow 'B' has now been recorded separately as SY 78 NW 93/uid 1494065.

Analysis of aerial photographs in 2004-5 failed to provide any new information about barrow 'A'. However, it did result inthe identification of a ring ditch around Barrow B. In the latter case, the ring ditch was circa 32 metres in diameter, compared to the circa 16 metres diameter recorded for the mound. If a similar situation exists at Barrow A, then the ring ditch will be both outside the scheduled area and outside the area removed from cultivation. The lack of detail on APs may be explained by the fact that this area of Frome Hill has been mapped by the British Geological Survey (sheet 328, 1966) as Wealden Clay, which would be less conducive to clear cropmark formation than the adjacent chalk, where several 'new' ring ditches were identified during the same AP survey. (6)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume two : south-east [in three parts]
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Source : Dorset barrows
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JGB 21-NOV-79
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : EH Scheduled Monument Revision, 10-OCT-2000
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Mount Pleasant, Dorset. A Survey of the Neolithic Henge and associated features as seen on aerial photographs. EH Aerial Survey Report, Research Dept. Report Series.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
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Monument Type : Bowl Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DO 418
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 33536
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SY 78 NW 14
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 453935
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494065
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494100
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494110
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494128
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494175
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494191
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494210
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1494224
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SY 78 NW 14
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1979-11-21
End Date : 1979-11-21