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Bowl barrow 300m southwest of Moor View

A Scheduled Monument in St Cuthbert Out, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2411 / 51°14'27"N

Longitude: -2.6874 / 2°41'14"W

OS Eastings: 352107.312455

OS Northings: 149324.593233

OS Grid: ST521493

Mapcode National: GBR ML.24XY

Mapcode Global: VH89R.C2MF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m southwest of Moor View

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1955

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009773

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13830

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: St Cuthbert Out

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on gently sloping ground 300m
southwest of Moor View. The barrow mound is 18m in diameter and c.2m high at
its highest point. Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch, from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds
the barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a
buried feature c.3m wide. A large central depression may be the result of a
partial excavation or stone quarrying.

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 300m southwest of Moor View survives comparatively well
despite an area of localised disturbance possibly caused by a partial
excavation or stone quarrying. It will contain 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
Coleman, J, 'SDNQ' in Beating the Bounds, , Vol. Vol 7, (1901)
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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