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Bowl barrow at the eastern end of Stonehill Down, 270m SSW of East Creech Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Church Knowle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6401 / 50°38'24"N

Longitude: -2.1013 / 2°6'4"W

OS Eastings: 392929.980246

OS Northings: 82272.378001

OS Grid: SY929822

Mapcode National: GBR 33D.X3X

Mapcode Global: FRA 67HC.TDK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at the eastern end of Stonehill Down, 270m SSW of East Creech Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1968

Last Amended: 10 April 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014137

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28314

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Church Knowle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated at the eastern end of Stonehill
Down in the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking Poole Harbour to the east and the
Purbeck Hills to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, flint and chalk with a maximum
diameter of 12m and a maximum height of c.1.5m. This is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The
ditch remains visible as an earthwork 2m wide and c.0.35m deep.

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 at the eastern end of Stonehill Down survives well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow forms one of a group of
three dispersed round barrows which occur on Stonehill Down.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 442

Source: Historic England

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