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Bowl barrow west of Studland Bay House

A Scheduled Monument in Studland, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6465 / 50°38'47"N

Longitude: -1.9547 / 1°57'16"W

OS Eastings: 403298.48207

OS Northings: 82981.80193

OS Grid: SZ032829

Mapcode National: GBR 44X.BMP

Mapcode Global: FRA 67SC.J92

Entry Name: Bowl barrow west of Studland Bay House

Scheduled Date: 29 January 1959

Last Amended: 7 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014297

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22999

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


The monument includes the surviving extent of a bowl barrow situated on the
eastern part of Godlingston Heath within the Isle of Purbeck, with views over
Studland Bay to the east.
The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with a maximum
diameter of 20m and maximum height of c.1.5m. This was originally surrounded
by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. Much of the ditch has become infilled over the years, and the
eastern portion has been removed by the construction of Studland Bay House.
The infilled areas will, however, survive as a buried feature 2m 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 immediately to the south west of Studland Bay House survives
well despite a section being removed along the eastern fringe by the
construction of the house. The barrow will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed.
The monument forms part of a dispersed group of round barrows situated across
Godlingston Heath.

Source: Historic England


Mention house to the east,

Source: Historic England

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