Bowl Barrow on St Aldhelm's Head, 470m North East of St Aldhelm's Chapel
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Dorset County Council
Purbeck District Council
SJ963963 (396328, 75955)
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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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