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Bowl barrow at the eastern end of Ballard Down

A Scheduled Monument in Studland, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6316 / 50°37'53"N

Longitude: -1.9419 / 1°56'30"W

OS Eastings: 404201.817822

OS Northings: 81325.739822

OS Grid: SZ042813

Mapcode National: GBR 454.7VZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 67TD.P7V

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at the eastern end of Ballard Down

Scheduled Date: 27 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014293

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22995

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 a bowl barrow situated at the eastern end of Ballard
Down, a chalk ridge of the Isle of Purbeck, overlooking Studland Bay to the
north east and Swanage Bay to the south east.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, flint and chalk with a maximum
diameter of 7m and a maximum height of c.0.35m. 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 1m

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 Ballard Down survives comparatively well
and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Mention no sign of ditch,

Source: Historic England

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