New Research on the Wor Barrow

For those of you keen to have a sneak peak at Mike Allen’s talk at the Foundations of Archaeology Conference in May here is the hot of the press Historic England Research paper on the latest research on the Barrow.


“Wor Barrow is a well-known Neolithic ‘long’ barrow in Cranborne Chase, excavated in 1893–4 by General Pitt Rivers, and first radiocarbon-dated by Richard Bradley. Excavations were exceptionally well recorded and published by Pitt Rivers in 1898.

Many of the key artefacts were kept and are still curated at the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, and are available for study along with the surviving original field notebooks. The excavation itself was iconic, but the barrow’s general plan and form have been discussed much more than the funerary element. As an oval barrow it is traditionally thought to fall late within the currency of long barrows. This report examines the chronology, human remains, mortuary processes and development of the barrow in the Neolithic period.”

Download – Wor Barrow, Cranborne Chase Dorset, Chronological Modelling – worbarrowcranbornechasedorset-chronologicalmodelling-8


Online mapping and historic resources

Several volunteers have asked about the online resources they can use at home to look at our sites in more detail, and in particular those that have map based information. Here is a list of key sites:   – Free online historic maps which cover the whole country – the coverage of various date maps is expanding all the time

View additional historic maps, including land utilisation surveys, at   – the go to site for census information on places and parishes (as opposed to individuals) – Here you can look at designated archaeology in Dorset and historic map layers, & aerial photographs – PastScape is a quick and easy way to search over 420,000 records held in the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE). – to search more detailed records of archaeology in Wiltshire. The equivalent Dorset dataset is not online at this time – but the project had the information for the area around the Wor Barrow which is included in our Wor Barrow Handout – Historic Photographs of Wiltshire.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions and I will include them here on this page

Emma  – 22.02.2016