Round barrows 600yds (550m) NW of Longbottom Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1006223

Date first listed: 19-Jul-1933

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrows 600yds (550m) NW of Longbottom Farm
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Location

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

County: Somerset

District: Sedgemoor (District Authority)

Parish: Shipham

National Grid Reference: ST 45319 57012, ST 45368 57135

Summary

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.

Details

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: SO 115

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:-194352

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