Bowl barrow 380m south east of Beechbarrow

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020020

Date first listed: 19-Dec-1929

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Nov-2001

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 380m south east of Beechbarrow
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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: St. Cuthbert Out

National Grid Reference: ST 57466 48871

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 having been reduced by ploughing the bowl barrow 380m south east of Beechbarrow survives comparatively well. It will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow located on the broad summit of a steep hill, which rises northwards from West Horrington, on the eastern edge of the Mendip Hills. The barrow is formed by an irregular low mound approximately 0.4m high and 15m in diameter. In common with other barrows in the area, the mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled over the years and is not clearly visible at ground level, but will survive as a buried feature up to 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: 34865

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society' in Somerset Barrows, , Vol. 115, (1971), 117
Tratman, E K, 'Proc Univ Bristol Spel Soc' in Fieldwork, , Vol. 5(1), (1938), 82-3

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