Bowl barrow 100m north east of Home Farm Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016296

Date first listed: 17-Aug-1976

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Jul-2000


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 100m north east of Home Farm Cottage
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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: Ston Easton

National Grid Reference: ST 62202 54284


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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 100m north east of Home Farm Cottage is a well preserved example of its class, and despite some erosion around the base caused by past ploughing, still retains much of its original profile. Tree roots have caused some disturbance and the visual appearance of the mound suggests some small scale past excavation but, despite this, archaeological remains will survive providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a slight, south facing slope, 100m north east of Home Farm Cottage. The barrow includes a flat topped mound 21m in diameter and 2.25m high. There is a slight hollow in the centre of the mound which is probably the result of an unrecorded antiquarian excavation. The base of the mound has been somewhat distorted by past ploughing. Although no longer visible on the surface, a ditch surrounds the mound and will survive as a buried feature approximately 3m 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: 29773

Legacy System: RSM

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