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The King Barrow 200m south east of The Warren Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Studland, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6379 / 50°38'16"N

Longitude: -1.9362 / 1°56'10"W

OS Eastings: 404603.815778

OS Northings: 82022.9904

OS Grid: SZ046820

Mapcode National: GBR 44Y.WVM

Mapcode Global: FRA 67TD.5GY

Entry Name: The King Barrow 200m south east of The Warren Wood

Scheduled Date: 27 April 1960

Last Amended: 7 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014290

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22992

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Studland

Built-Up Area: Studland

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Studland St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a north facing terrace of the
lower slope of Ballard Down within the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking Studland
Bay to the north east.
The site, which is known as the King Barrow, has a mound composed of earth,
flint and chalk with a maximum diameter of 16m and a maximum height of c.1m.
This is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years, but
will survive as a buried feature 2m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts relating to the modern field
boundaries, although the underlying ground is included.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The King Barrow 200m south east of The Warren Wood survives well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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Source: Historic England

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