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Barrow, 350m east of Harptree Lodge

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Barrow, 350m east of Harptree Lodge

List entry Number: 1015921

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Chewton Mendip

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Priddy

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 31-Jan-1997

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 29040

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

The bowl barrow east of Harptree Lodge, survives as a good example of its type, and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating both to this monument and to the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow is located in an area where there is a concentration of Neolithic burial and ritual monuments.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated 350m east of Harptree Lodge, and 200m south east of the southern Priddy Circle. Approximately 20m in diameter, the barrow stands prominently 1.5m-2m in height, and is surmounted by four converging boundary walls. It is mentioned as Castle Barrow or Froom Barrow in 18th Century Perambulations. Excluded from the scheduling are all walls and fences, though the ground beneath them 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. 115, (1971), 67,99
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()

National Grid Reference: ST 54015 52388

Map

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