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Long barrow 350m south-west of Cornerpool Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Wrington, North Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3763 / 51°22'34"N

Longitude: -2.7189 / 2°43'8"W

OS Eastings: 350057.371861

OS Northings: 164385.906419

OS Grid: ST500643

Mapcode National: GBR JK.SGSZ

Mapcode Global: VH88Y.TNGS

Entry Name: Long barrow 350m south-west of Cornerpool Farm

Scheduled Date: 29 April 1955

Last Amended: 20 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008291

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22819

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Wrington

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a chambered long barrow situated on level ground 350m
south-west of Cornerpool Farm.
The monument has a long mound which is orientated NNE-SSW and is c.37m long,
c.15m wide and c.0.5m high. The mound is composed of small stones, and a
burial chamber is situated at the northern end. The chamber, which is now
collapsed, includes a fallen portal stone and three supporting stones which
have slumped. This would have provided the main depository for the burials
and will have been a prominent visual feature of the monument since its
construction. Running parallel with the long axis of the mound are two side
ditches from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. The ditches are no longer visible at ground level as they have
become infilled over the years, but they survive as buried features c.3m wide.
Prehistoric artefacts, including a chert axe and bronze palstave, have been
discovered in the proximity of the monument.

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

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 350m south-west of Cornerpool Farm survives comparatively well
and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Mention of Crawford's description, Mention of Crawford's description,
Suggestion that mound was levelled, Suggestion that mound was levelled,

Source: Historic England

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