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Bowl barrow on Stoborough Heath 80m north west of Hill View

A Scheduled Monument in Arne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6601 / 50°39'36"N

Longitude: -2.1007 / 2°6'2"W

OS Eastings: 392976.703558

OS Northings: 84495.690451

OS Grid: SY929844

Mapcode National: GBR 336.HQQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 67HB.7G6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Stoborough Heath 80m north west of Hill View

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1961

Last Amended: 7 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014301

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28303

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Arne

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, 80m north west of Hill View, overlooking Poole Harbour to the
north east and the South Dorset Ridge to the south west.

The barrow has a mound composed of earth, sand and turf with maximum
dimensions of 17m in diameter and c.1.2m in height. The mound is crossed by
the boundary between the parishes of Arne and Church Knowle. There are traces
of a hollow on top of the mound while on the eastern side is a trench with
dimensions of 4m in length by 1.8m in width. The mound 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.

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

Despite limited disturbance, the bowl barrow on Stoborough Heath 80m
north west of Hill View survives well and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed. The barrow forms part of a dispersed group of four round
barrows on Stoborough Heath, each of which are the subject of separate

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 435
Mention trench in mound, RCHME, NAR Report No SY 98 SW 40 Site 'C',

Source: Historic England

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