Round barrow on Beacon Hill

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1003030

Date first listed: 09-Apr-1962

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow on Beacon Hill
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: Mendip (District Authority)

Parish: Ashwick

National Grid Reference: ST 63564 46118

Summary

Bowl barrow 360m east of Lapwing Farm forming part of a round barrow cemetery.

Reasons for Designation

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar, although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form and a diversity of burial practices. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. Despite partial early excavation the bowl barrow 360m east of Lapwing Farm forming part of a round barrow cemetery survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17 August 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of the prominent Beacon Hill and forming part of a round barrow cemetery. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring approximately 17m in diameter and 1.2m high the surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived is preserved as a buried feature. There is a central hollow in the top of the mound.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity, some are the subject of separate schedulings but others are not included because they have not been formally assessed.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: SO 303

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-200259

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