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The Fishing Barrow on Godlingston Heath

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: The Fishing Barrow on Godlingston Heath

List entry Number: 1013836


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Studland

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 06-Jul-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 31-Jan-1996

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22972

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows (particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The Fishing Barrow on Godlingston Heath survives well despite some disturbance caused by the construction of a golf bunker which has led to the flattening of the upper mound and infilling of some areas of the quarry ditch. The monument forms one of a dispersed group of bell barrows which occur locally.


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The monument includes a bell barrow on Godlingston Heath in the Isle of Purbeck. It is set on a low sandstone ridge overlooking Poole Harbour to the north east. The barrow, which is known as `The Fishing Barrow', has a central mound composed of earth, sand and turf with maximum dimensions of 29m in diameter and c.2.5m in height. This is surrounded by a berm or gently sloping platform 2m wide which is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch is known from a survey conducted in the 1960s to be 3.5m wide and c.0.5m deep. The ditch is visible as an earthwork in the north western and south eastern areas, but has become infilled to the north east and south west, where it survives as a buried feature. Excluded from the scheduling are the bench and golf ball washing facility situated on the north eastern side of the mound, 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.

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National Grid Reference: SZ 01811 82107


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