Long barrow 180m north of Lime House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011526

Date first listed: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Aug-1993


Ordnance survey map of Long barrow 180m north of Lime House
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: Mendip (District Authority)

Parish: Chewton Mendip

National Grid Reference: ST 60095 53061


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Reasons for Designation

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and, consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 long barrows are recorded in England. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are considered to be nationally important.

The long barrow 180m north of Lime House survives comparatively well despite an area of localised disturbance of the northwestern end, possibly caused by previous partial excavation. The monument is a rare example of a long barrow in an area which otherwise contains a concentration of later burial monuments.


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The monument includes a long barrow orientated southeast to northwest and located on level ground 180m north of Lime House. It is visible as a barrow mound 48m long, 27m wide and c.2.75m high at its highest point. A hollow at the northwestern end of the barrow mound may be the result of previous partial excavation, although no details are known. Although no longer visible at ground level, a pair of ditches, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, run parallel to the barrow mound on the southwest and northeast sides. These have become infilled over the years but survive as buried features 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.


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Legacy System number: 13925

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. Vol 115, (1971), p. 84
ST 65 SW 10, Ordnance Survey, ST 65 SW 10, (1960)

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