Two bowl barrows 350m south of Brimble Pit Pool: part of a group of round barrows north and east of Foxhills Wood


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016295

Date first listed: 20-Feb-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Dec-1997


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 350m south of Brimble Pit Pool: part of a group of round barrows north and east of Foxhills Wood
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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: Westbury

National Grid Reference: ST 50828 50469


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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 most northerly of the two bowl barrows 350m south of Brimble Pit Pool is a comparatively well preserved example of its class and despite some erosion still retains a largely original profile. The other barrow has a more uneven profile and a greater degree of erosion but both barrows will include archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes two bowl barrows, the most northerly of a group of round barrows that are situated on the south western edge of the Mendip Hills. The two barrows lie 350m to the south of Brimble Pit Pool immediately below the crest of the hill and are aligned NNW-SSE. The larger, most northerly, barrow includes a mound 17m in diameter and 0.7m high with a gently sloping profile. The second barrow includes a mound 12m in diameter and 0.3m high with a slightly uneven profile. Although no longer visible on the surface, a ditch surrounds each of the mounds, in each case surviving 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.


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Legacy System number: 29772

Legacy System: RSM

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