Bowl Barrow on St Aldhelm's Head, 470m North East of St Aldhelm's Chapel


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Bronze Age
Extended Inhumation

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Dorset County Council

District Council

Purbeck District Council


Worth Matravers

Parliamentary Constituency

South Dorset

Grid Reference

SJ963963 (396328, 75955)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.5827, -2.05187

Nearest Postcode

BH19 3LR

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A bowl barrow on St Aldhelm's Head which was recorded by the Royal Commisson on the Historical Monuments of England in 1970. It has a mound composed of limestone and earth, with maximum dimensions of 15 metres in diameter and about 1 metre in height. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch which has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature 1.5 metres wide. Partial excavations were conducted at the site by JH Austin in 1850. These revealed a central stone-filled pit, above which were seven or eight inhumations, three of which were extended. Four skulls were set around the feet of one inhumation and these were also associated with a glass bead and a crushed urn. A quantity of Romano-British pottery was also discovered in the upper levels of the mound. Scheduled.

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