Bell barrow south of Blackwell Tyning Plantation
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008288
Date first listed: 05-Oct-1959
Date of most recent amendment: 20-May-1994
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Mendip (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: ST 60691 50278
Reasons for Designation
Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary
monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples
belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in
round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds
covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The
burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery
and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows
(particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known
examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods
provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early
prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as
providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a
particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would
normally be considered to be of national importance.
The bell barrow south of Blackwell Tyning Plantation survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a bell barrow situated on level ground south of
Blackwell Tyning Plantation. The barrow has a steep sided mound, c.32m in
diameter and 2.5m high, surrounded by a berm or platform c.4m wide.
Surrounding the berm is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years and,
although no longer visible at ground level, it survives as a buried feature
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 22807
Legacy System: RSM
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.
End of official listing