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Round barrows south west of Cleeve's Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Chewton Mendip, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2542 / 51°15'15"N

Longitude: -2.6281 / 2°37'41"W

OS Eastings: 356261.930582

OS Northings: 150749.225031

OS Grid: ST562507

Mapcode National: GBR MP.17YX

Mapcode Global: VH89L.DQHW

Entry Name: Round barrows SW of Cleeve's Plantation

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003027

English Heritage Legacy ID: SO 82

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Chewton Mendip

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Summary

Two bowl barrows 620m south west of Bendalls Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 23 July 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument, which falls into two areas, includes two bowl barrows situated on the east facing slopes of the prominent ridge called Stockhill within the Mendip Forest. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches from which the construction material was derived. The northern eastern mound measures approximately 9m in diameter and up to 1.2m high. The south western mound is 18m in diameter and up to 1.5m high with a central depression.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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. 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. Despite early partial excavation, the two bowl barrows 620m south west of Bendalls Farm survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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PastScape Monument No:-197504 and 197509

Source: Historic England

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