Bowl barrow 840m north east of Bagborough House

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1016500
Date first listed:
15-Jun-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 840m north east of Bagborough House
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Location

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

County:
Somerset
District:
Taunton Deane (District Authority)
Parish:
West Bagborough
National Grid Reference:
ST 17182 34495

Reasons for Designation

The area of the Quantock Hills, although small in extent, is one of the few remaining expanses of open moorland in southern Britain. Its archaeological importance lies in the existence of a landscape displaying examples of monuments tracing the exploitation of the hills from the Bronze Age onwards. Well-preserved monuments from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, including round barrows, cairns, settlements, hillforts and a trackway, as well as later industrial remains, give insights into changes in the pattern of land use on the hills through time. These earthworks are one of the key components of the Quantocks' broader landscape character. 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. In excess of 30 bowl barrows can be found on the Quantock Hills. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations among 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 840m north east of Bagborough House survives well and will contain archaeological deposits and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated below the crest on a north and east facing spur on Wills Neck, a high, broad plateau in the south western region of the Quantock Hills. The barrow mound is an irregular oval shape, 24m from north to south, 14m from east to west and approximately 1m high. A surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during the monument's construction is likely to have existed. This will have become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature with an estimated width of 3m, based on a comparison with similar barrows in the region.

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:
32172
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Other
43622, (1989)

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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