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Long barrow on Redhill

A Scheduled Monument in Wrington, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3693 / 51°22'9"N

Longitude: -2.7203 / 2°43'12"W

OS Eastings: 349955.964013

OS Northings: 163602.669598

OS Grid: ST499636

Mapcode National: GBR JK.SVVZ

Mapcode Global: VH88Y.SVR6

Entry Name: Long barrow on Redhill

Scheduled Date: 29 April 1955

Last Amended: 20 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008289

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22820

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Wrington

Built-Up Area: Redhill

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a long barrow orientated east-west and situated just
below the crest of Redhill. The barrow has a mound c.53m long, c.11m wide and
c.0.6m high. Both ends are rounded, the eastern end being higher than the
west. Flanking either side of the mound are side ditches from which material
was quarried during the construction of the monument. These are not visible at
ground level as they have become infilled over the years, but they survive as
buried features c.3m wide.
The field boundary which runs across the monument at right angles c.4m in from
the western end is excluded from the scheduling, although the underlying
ground is included.

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

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking
ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic
periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early
farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments
surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows
appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the
human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide
evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and,
consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites
for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 long
barrows are recorded in England. As one of the few types of Neolithic
structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their
considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are
considered to be nationally important.

The long barrow on Redhill survives well and contains archaeological and
environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which
it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Dimensions of long mound,

Source: Historic England

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