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Bowl barrow 430m north east of Stoke Woods

A Scheduled Monument in Rodney Stoke, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2576 / 51°15'27"N

Longitude: -2.7214 / 2°43'16"W

OS Eastings: 349756.942768

OS Northings: 151179.77274

OS Grid: ST497511

Mapcode National: GBR MK.12C5

Mapcode Global: VH89J.SN5B

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 430m north east of Stoke Woods

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 19 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008088

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13912

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Rodney Stoke

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on level ground 430m north east
of Stoke Woods. It is visible as a barrow mound 14m in diameter and c.0.75m
high at its highest point. The barrow mound has been spread by cultivation.
Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound.
This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature
c.4m wide and c.0.3m deep.

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.

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. 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 430m north east of Stoke Woods survives well despite some
spreading of the barrow mound by cultivation and contains archaeological and
environmental evidence relating both to the monument and the landscape in
which it was constructed.
The monument survives in an area which supports a concentration of
contemporary burial monuments, thus giving an indication of the nature and
scale of human occupation during the Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. Vol 115, (1971), p. 114
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()
Tratman, E K, 'Proceedings of the Univ of Bristol Speleological Society' in Fieldwork, , Vol. Vol 2(3), (1925), p. 284

Source: Historic England

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