Bowl barrow 550m south east of Brimble Pit Pool: one of a group of round barrows north and east of Foxhills Wood

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016293

Date first listed: 20-Feb-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Dec-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 550m south east of Brimble Pit Pool: one of a group of round barrows north and east of Foxhills Wood
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Location

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

County: Somerset

District: Mendip (District Authority)

Parish: Westbury

National Grid Reference: ST 51123 50363

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 reduction in its height caused by ploughing over the years, the bowl barrow 550m south east of Brimble Pit Pool retains a largely original profile. There are no records of any antiquarian excavations of this barrow and it will include archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of a dispersed group of round barrows situated on the south western edge of the Mendip Hills. The barrow lies on level ground immediately below the crest of the hill, 550m south east of Brimble Pit Pool. It includes a low mound 13m in diameter and 0.3m high with a gently sloping profile. Although no longer visible on the surface, a ditch surrounds the mound and will survive as a buried feature approximately 2m 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: 29770

Legacy System: RSM

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