Scheduled Ancient Monument
A Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) is a protected archaeological site or historic building of national importance.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for identifying and scheduling (registering) new sites, as well as ensuring that scheduled sites are protected. English Heritage (EH) advises on these matters.
The schedule currently includes about 19,700 entries. These range from prehistoric standing stones and burial mounds to more recent structures such as collieries and wartime pill-boxes.
Dorset Countryside manages two sites which have SAM on them they are:
East Dorset Countryside Management Service manages the following SAMs in Dorset:
Purbeck District Council manages the following the following SAM in Dorset: