Bummers Hill: a bowl barrow 135m north-west of Mutfords Cottages

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009250

Date first listed: 09-Aug-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Sep-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bummers Hill:  a bowl barrow 135m north-west of Mutfords Cottages
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Location

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County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire (District Authority)

Parish: Hormead

National Grid Reference: TL 39823 28608

Summary

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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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of lowland Britain. 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 and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite tree and scrub growth on the mound, Bummers Hill bowl barrow remains essentially undisturbed and will retain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

Bummers Hill bowl barrow is situated on the north end of a prominent ridge overlooking the River Quin. The monument includes an earthen mound which measures 24m in diameter and 2.82m in maximum height. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 20668

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Paterson, H., Information from Field Monument Warden report AM107, (1982)

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