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The Harp Stone

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: The Harp Stone

List entry Number: 1014740

Location

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

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Steeple

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 19-Mar-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Aug-1996

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28320

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs, ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds. Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones, which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways, territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds. Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. Consequently all undisturbed standing stones and those which represent the main range of types and locations would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The Harp Stone survives well as one of only a few such stones known in Dorset.

History

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Details

The monument includes a standing stone situated on the bank of a stream, within the valley of the Corfe River, in the Isle of Purbeck. The standing stone, which is known as The Harp Stone, is a rough limestone block with maximum dimensions of 0.75m from north-south, 1m from east-west and c.1.7m in height. The standing stone is situated on a natural river bank which formed the boundary between the medieval manorial estates of Herpston and Hyde. The stone is also adjacent to the course of a former road linking the settlements of Creech and Kimmeridge. Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts relating to the modern field boundaries which fall within the stone's protective margin, 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 515
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 515
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 515
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 515
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 515
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 515
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 515

National Grid Reference: SY 92164 80579

Map

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