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Bowl barrow 100m north west of Studland Bay House

A Scheduled Monument in Studland, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6472 / 50°38'49"N

Longitude: -1.9557 / 1°57'20"W

OS Eastings: 403225.989801

OS Northings: 83058.23485

OS Grid: SZ032830

Mapcode National: GBR 44X.BCS

Mapcode Global: FRA 67SC.HWF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m north west of Studland Bay House

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1959

Last Amended: 7 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014298

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23000

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 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 25m and maximum height of c.0.75m. This is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The
ditch has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature
2m wide.

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 bowl barrow 100m north west of Studland Bay House survives well and
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

Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 453
Other
Mention ploughing of mound,

Source: Historic England

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