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Round barrow 200ft (60m) north west of Setta Barrow, Bray Common

A Scheduled Monument in Exmoor, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1279 / 51°7'40"N

Longitude: -3.8231 / 3°49'23"W

OS Eastings: 272524.117492

OS Northings: 138097.693222

OS Grid: SS725380

Mapcode National: GBR L1.9C8X

Mapcode Global: VH4MP.PX76

Entry Name: Round barrow 200ft (60m) NW of Setta Barrow, Bray Common

Scheduled Date: 28 September 1948

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003855

English Heritage Legacy ID: DV 208

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Exmoor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: High Bray

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Summary

Bowl barrow 53m north west of Setta Barrow.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 November 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 includes a bowl barrow situated at the summit of a high, prominent ridge forming the watershed between tributaries to the River Barle and River Bray. The barrow survives as an oval, flat topped mound measuring 36.5m long by 32m wide and is up to 0.9m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature up to 3m wide, visible on some aerial photographs as a crop mark. Other associated barrows survive within the vicinity of this monument. Some are scheduled, but others are not because they have not been formally assessed.

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. The bowl barrow 53m north west of Setta Barrow survives well and is associated with others in its immediate vicinity, it will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, use and landscape context.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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PastScape Monument No:-35030

Source: Historic England

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