Bowl barrow 75m south west of Long House Barn

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1014712
Date first listed:
26-Feb-1934
Date of most recent amendment:
08-Jul-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 75m south west of Long House Barn
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Location

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

County:
Somerset
District:
Sedgemoor (District Authority)
Parish:
Cheddar
National Grid Reference:
ST 47777 56015

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 being ploughed, the bowl barrow 75m south west of Long House Barn will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow just below the crest of a north facing slope on the Mendip Hills. The barrow has a mound which measures c.12m in diameter and is c.0.3m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. The ditch has become infilled over the years and can no longer be seen at ground level, but it 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

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

Legacy System number:
22073
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Tratman, E K, 'UBBS' in UBSS Barrow Catalogue, , Vol. 5, (1938), 82

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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