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Corfe Common

Round Barrow(s)

<b>Corfe Common</b>Posted by formicaantImage © Mike Rowland 18/05/07
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Nearest Town:Corfe Castle (1km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   SY9681 / Sheet: 195
Latitude:50° 37' 41.05" N
Longitude:   2° 3' 23.61" W

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Corfe Common field system Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork

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Very easy to find, once you've been to the castle and well worth a look for the distant views of it alone. The barrows themselves are all bowl types of various sizes. The common is split in two by a road, the castle is visible from the western side, the eastern half of the Purbeck hills can be seen in it's entirety from the barrows of the east side of the common.
One of the east side round barrows has obviously been excavated in the past, it has a large cleft in the top of it. Of the six barrows I could see, they appear to be in a row from west to east, parallel to the Purbeck hills to the north of them.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
18th May 2007ce
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Details of barrows on Pastscape

A group of four Bronze Age bowl barrows on Corfe Common. All are extant as earthwork mounds, one possibly surrounded by a ditch. Signs of disturbance suggest that some excavation has occurred on at least one of the barrows in the past. A plain tripartite urn in the British Museum (accession number 1982.9-1.238) has been identified as coming either from one of these barrows or from one of the adjacent barrow groups (SY 98 SE 17 and 47). Scheduled.
Chance Posted by Chance
25th May 2014ce

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Corfe Common field system (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Miscellaneous

Details of field system on Pastscape

An impressive prehistoric or Romano-British field system defined as 'Celtic' fields occupies the reasonably steep south and southwest-facing slopes across the whole of the common. The best-preserved area, comprising well-defined rectilinear plots is, centred at SY95758086 on the southern fringe of part of the barrow cemetery. Here small linked unenclosed square plots, resembling a chequerboard, with distinctive rounded corners and straight sides are formed from the material excavated out of the steep slope are anything up to 2m in height with back scarps up to 1.6m in height. There are no obvious inter-connecting ramps to the plots. Scattered patched of dense gorse and ground cover vegetation obscure parts of this extensive and impressive field system. The 'Celtic' fields extend across the lower, south-facing slopes and consequently are not as well defined with front scarps or 'risers' up to 0.8m high. These plots clearly respect the courses of the broad and natural shallow valleys which are formed by the action of spring sapping, by inturning along the line of the valley slope.
Chance Posted by Chance
25th May 2014ce