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Bowl barrow on Stoborough Heath 700m south of Icen House

A Scheduled Monument in Church Knowle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6618 / 50°39'42"N

Longitude: -2.112 / 2°6'43"W

OS Eastings: 392177.190254

OS Northings: 84687.489884

OS Grid: SY921846

Mapcode National: GBR 336.DVH

Mapcode Global: FRA 67GB.908

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Stoborough Heath 700m south of Icen House

Scheduled Date: 1 April 1959

Last Amended: 7 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014289

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28307

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 on Stoborough Heath in the Isle
of Purbeck, 700m south of Icen House. It is set on a low sandstone ridge
facing the Purbeck Hills to the south.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with maximum
dimensions of 21m in diameter and c.2m in height. The mound is flat-topped
with slight traces of a hollow in the centre. The mound is surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This survives as an earthwork 2.5m wide and c.0.4m deep and is
surrounded by an outer bank 2.5m wide and c.0.9m high. The bank supported a
ring of trees in the 1960s, although these have now been cut down.

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 Stoborough Heath 700m south of Icen House survives well
and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 435
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 435
Mention barrow ditch,

Source: Historic England

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