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Two bowl barrows on Shiplate Slait

A Scheduled Monument in Bleadon, North Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3094 / 51°18'33"N

Longitude: -2.9112 / 2°54'40"W

OS Eastings: 336581.146178

OS Northings: 157089.618073

OS Grid: ST365570

Mapcode National: GBR J9.XNG6

Mapcode Global: VH7CS.HC92

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows on Shiplate Slait

Scheduled Date: 16 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008112

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22830

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Bleadon

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes two of a group of three bowl barrows, aligned broadly
north-south and situated on Shiplate Slait, a carboniferous limestone plateau
in the area above the Somerset Levels.
The northern of the two barrows has a mound 8m wide and c.0.6m high; the
southern barrow has a mound 7m wide and c.0.5m high. Both mounds are composed
of small stones and each is surrounded by a ditch from which this material was
quarried during their construction. The ditches have become infilled over the
years but survive as buried features c.2m wide. A third mound is situated a
short distance to the west but is not included in this scheduling.

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 two bowl barrows of Shiplate Slait survive comparatively well and will
contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument
and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Discovery of Site, Discovery of Site,

Source: Historic England

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