Studland

Studland

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Location

England Dorset Rest of England SZ  02503 85052
Lat 50.66506574   Long -1.96597068

Plan of the stones at Studland (Source: RCHM(E), 1970, 506).

Characteristics

Type: Boundary stones Length: 248m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 14° Altitude: 10m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Uncertain. The regular wide spacing combined with the precise straightness of the line of five stones strongly suggests that this is a series of boundary stones. The sixth stone is a considerable distance from the orientation of the others and probably indicates that the boundary shifted westward.  No plausible rows are known which have such evenly spaced stones set so far apart, whereas this is a known characteristic of boundary stones. The stones are first described by the Royal Commission who make no claims for their date saying simply that there “is a straight line of five regularly placed stones, originally standing upright, with a sixth N.W. of the N. end of the line” (RCHM(E), 1970, 504). The stones are depicted on the 1st edition (1889) 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey mapping.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape

Other References

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), An Inventory of Historical Monuments in The County of Dorset, Volume Two South-East, Part 3, 1970, 504 and 506.

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