Bowl barrow 122m NNW of Halsway Post

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015082

Date first listed: 26-Apr-1976

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Oct-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 122m NNW of Halsway Post
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Location

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

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset (District Authority)

Parish: Holford

National Grid Reference: ST 13968 38643

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

The area of the Quantock Hills, although small in extent, is one of the few remaining expanses of open moorland in southern Britain. Its archaeological importance lies in the existence of a landscape displaying examples of monuments tracing the exploitation of the hills from the Bronze Age onwards. Well-preserved monuments from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, including round barrows, cairns, settlements, hillforts and a trackway, as well as later industrial remains, give insights into changes in the pattern of land use on the hills through time. These earthworks are one of the key components of the Quantocks' broader landscape character. 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. In excess of 30 bowl barrows can be found on the Quantock Hills. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations among 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 122m NNW of Halsway Post survives well, seemingly without antiquarian investigation, and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument's structure, function and period of construction.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, 122m NNW of Halsway Post, on the south east facing hillslope of Thorncombe Hill, close to the Holford parish boundary, on the sandstone ridge of the Quantock Hills. The mound is symmetrical, 5.5m in diameter and 0.4m in height. It lies close to three other barrows, the subjects of separate schedulings.

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: 29355

Legacy System: RSM

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