Round barrow in Beacon Plantation

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1006178

Date first listed: 02-Apr-1953

Map

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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: Doulting

National Grid Reference: ST 64093 45873

Summary

Bowl barrow 255m south east of Beacon House 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. The bowl barrow 255m south east of Beacon House forming part of a round barrow cemetery survives 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 10 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 forming part of a round barrow cemetery situated on the prominent hill called Beacon Hill. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring approximately 20m in diameter and 2.5m high with the surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived preserved as a buried feature.

Other archaeological remains survive in the vicinity, some are scheduled separately 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 265

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-200267

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