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Bowl barrow on Godlingston Heath

A Scheduled Monument in Studland, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6438 / 50°38'37"N

Longitude: -1.9762 / 1°58'34"W

OS Eastings: 401778.76417

OS Northings: 82676.011951

OS Grid: SZ017826

Mapcode National: GBR 33K.K6D

Mapcode Global: FRA 67RC.MXY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Godlingston Heath

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1960

Last Amended: 24 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013839

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22975

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Studland

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Studland St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes an earthen mound, interpreted as a bowl barrow, situated
in the Isle of Purbeck on the northern part of Godlingston Heath, with views
over Poole Harbour to the north east.
The barrow has the appearance of an irregularly-shaped mound composed of sand
and turf with dimensions of 12m east-west by 25m north-south and c.1.2m in
height. This is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during
the construction of the monument. The ditch has become infilled over the
years, but will survive as a buried feature c.1m wide.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

The bowl barrow on Godlingston Heath survives well and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Mention other mounds within the area,
Title: 1:2500 Map
Source Date:
Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map

Source: Historic England

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