Round barrows 600yds (550m) NW of Longbottom Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1006223
Date first listed: 19-Jul-1933
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District: Sedgemoor (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: ST 45319 57012, ST 45368 57135
Two round cairns 630m north east of Manchester Farm.
Reasons for Designation
Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. Despite some disturbance through the construction of field boundaries the two round cairns 630m north east of Manchester Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 27 July 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, which falls into two areas, includes two round cairns situated on the upper north facing slopes of the prominent ridge called Cuck Hill. The northern cairn survives as an irregular shaped stony mound which measures approximately 12m in diameter and 0.6m high and stands at the junction of two field boundaries. The southern cairn measures 15m in diameter, up to 0.4m high and is bisected by a field boundary. The field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath is included. Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of a separate scheduling.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: SO 115
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
PastScape Monument No:-194352
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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