Bowl barrow 300m north east of Whitnell Corner


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011670

Date first listed: 19-Jun-1973

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Aug-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 300m north east of Whitnell Corner
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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: Emborough

National Grid Reference: ST 59872 49026

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.

The bowl barrow 300m north east of Whitnell Corner has been reduced in height by cultivation but the spreading of the mound material will have sealed underlying archaeological deposits. The monument will, therefore, contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed. The bowl barrow forms part of a wider group of round barrows known to occur in the area.


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated below the crest of a gentle south east facing slope 300m north east of Whitnell Corner, in an area of the Mendip Hills. The barrow has a mound composed of small stones. It has a maximum diameter of 10m and a maximum height of c.0.25m. This is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years, but will survive as a buried feature c.2m 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.


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

Legacy System number: 22916

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. 115, (1971), 106

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