Bowl barrow 150m north east of Victoria Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016236

Date first listed: 05-Mar-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jul-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 150m north east of Victoria Farm
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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: St. Cuthbert Out

National Grid Reference: ST 59619 48618


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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 150m north east of Victoria Farm is a well preserved example of its class. Despite slight erosion the barrow retains much of its original profile and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on level ground 150m north east of Victoria Farm. The barrow includes a mound 35m in diameter and 2.15m high with a gently sloping profile. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its constuction. This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature approximately 3m wide. A geophysical survey undertaken on the mound suggests the presence of a central burial chamber. The field in which the barrow lies shows extensive, but slight, traces of ridge and furrow cultivation of medieval date. This is not included in the scheduling.

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.


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Legacy System number: 29763

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Palmer, L S, 'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Geoelectrical Surveying Of Archaeological Sites, , Vol. 26, (1960), 71-73

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