Bowl barrow known as `Wimble Toot'

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015279

Date first listed: 19-Dec-1929

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Jul-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow known as `Wimble Toot'
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Location

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

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset (District Authority)

Parish: Babcary

National Grid Reference: ST 56048 28003

Summary

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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 part excavation, the bowl barrow known as `Wimble Toot' survives well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow on a high point on the east bank of the River Cary. The barrow has a mound which measures c.3m in diameter and is c.2.8m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become partly infilled over the years and survives as a buried feature, but can still be seen on the east side of the mound c.6m wide. A c.3m diameter depression in the top of the mound is indicative of antiquarian investigation. The post and wire fence on the north edge of the monument is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath is included.

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: 22071

Legacy System: RSM

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