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Bowl barrow 350m northwest of Fernhill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Priddy, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2989 / 51°17'56"N

Longitude: -2.6824 / 2°40'56"W

OS Eastings: 352522.506434

OS Northings: 155751.522785

OS Grid: ST525557

Mapcode National: GBR JL.YKYT

Mapcode Global: VH89C.GM93

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m northwest of Fernhill Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 July 1933

Last Amended: 11 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009745

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13870

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Priddy

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on level ground 350m northwest of
Fernhill Farm. The barrow mound is 16m in diameter and c.0.5m high when
viewed from the west. The barrow mound has been spread by previous
cultivation. Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch, from which
material was quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the
barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a
buried feature c.3m wide.

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 350m northwest of Fernhill Farm survives comparatively well
despite plough spreading and contains archaeological and environmental
evidence relating both to the monument and the landscape in which it was
constructed.
The importance of the monument is enhanced by its location 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)
Tratman, EK, 'Proceedings of the Univ of Bristol Speleological Society' in Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society, , Vol. Vol 3(1), (1927)

Source: Historic England

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