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Bradford Barrow

Round Barrow(s)


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A trial excavation of Bradford barrow in 1968 to assess quarry damage discovered a sherd of Romano British pottery, a piece of iron and an oyster shell in the surrounding ditch indicating a Romano British date. This interpretation is further supported by Grinsell. Scheduled Monument No. 209466

Bradford Barrow, a bowl barrow consisting of a large conical mound 118ft in diameter and 20ft high, with traces of a surrounding ditch. According to Grinsell the profile of the mound suggests the possibility of a Roman date. (2-3)

NE of Bradford Barrow a quarry has breached about 30ft of the barrow ditch. A trial excavation carried out in 1969 to assess the damage revealed the ditch to be flat bottomed and about 6ft wide and 4 1/2ft deep. There were very few finds but a piece of corroded iron work from the undisturbed clay fill proved that the mound was not Bronze Age. An oyster shell and a Romano-British sherd were also found and a Romano-British date for the mound is strongly inferred. (4)

( 1) Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 6" 1963
( 2) Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England) 1975 An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume five : east Dorset 1975 Page(s)53
( 3) General reference - Grinsell L V. 1959. Dorset Barrows 122 No 5
( 4) Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society - (D A White) 95 - 1973 Page(s)30-33
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