Bowl barrow 300m NNE of Quarry Farm: part of the Redhill round barrow cemetery

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1011128
Date first listed:
16-Mar-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 300m NNE of Quarry Farm: part of the Redhill round barrow cemetery
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Location

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

District:
North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Wrington
National Grid Reference:
ST 50613 63916

Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The bowl barrow survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow forms an integral part of one of only three round barrow cemeteries known in the county of Avon.

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow forming part of a wider round barrow cemetery and situated on the north-facing slope of Redhill, 300m NNE of Quarry Farm. The barrow has a mound 12m wide and c.0.5m high surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The monument is one of at least six barrows which originally formed the round barrow cemetery at Redhill.

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

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

Legacy System number:
22833
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Other
Description of the barrow cemetery,

Legal

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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