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Two confluent bowl barrows on Felton Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Wrington, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3804 / 51°22'49"N

Longitude: -2.6917 / 2°41'29"W

OS Eastings: 351958.916102

OS Northings: 164819.790862

OS Grid: ST519648

Mapcode National: GBR JL.S9N7

Mapcode Global: VH88Z.9KDN

Entry Name: Two confluent bowl barrows on Felton Hill

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1927

Last Amended: 20 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008361

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22813

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Wrington

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes two confluent bowl barrows aligned north-west to south-
east and situated on the crest of Felton Hill. The two mounds lie within
c.10m of one another and share the same quarry ditch. The northern barrow
mound survives to a height of c.1.2m and has a diameter of 22m; the southern
example is c.1m in height and c.21m in diameter. An outer ditch c.3m wide and
c.0.7m deep represents the quarry from which material was derived during the
construction of the monument. This would originally have been deeper, but has
become infilled over the years.

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

The bowl barrows on Felton Hill survive well and contain archaeological and
environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which
it was constructed. Confluent bowl barrows are an unusual occurrence in this
area of the country.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Bowen, H C, Eagles, B N (ed), The archaeology of Bokerley Dyke, (1990), 80-83
Bowen, H C, Eagles, B N (ed), The archaeology of Bokerley Dyke, (1990), 80-83
Tratman, E, 'Proc UBSS' in Somerset Barrows, (1925), 279
Tratman, E, 'Proc UBSS' in Somerset Barrows, (1925), 279

Source: Historic England

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