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Bowl barrow 400m southwest of Moor View

A Scheduled Monument in St Cuthbert Out, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2411 / 51°14'27"N

Longitude: -2.6895 / 2°41'22"W

OS Eastings: 351964.949583

OS Northings: 149325.597656

OS Grid: ST519493

Mapcode National: GBR ML.24FL

Mapcode Global: VH89R.B2JF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m southwest of Moor View

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1955

Last Amended: 13 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010106

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13828

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: St Cuthbert Out

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on level ground at the boundary
between Priddy and Westbury parishes. The barrow mound is 9m in diameter and
c.1.5m high at its highest point. The northern third of the barrow has been
reduced by ploughing and is c.0.5m high. 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.1m wide. A drystone wall crosses
the barrow mound and is excluded from the scheduling although the ground
beneath the wall 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

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 barrow 400m southwest of Moor View survives well despite some
ploughing and areas of localised disturbance caused by the construction of a
wall across the barrow mound. 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

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Coleman, J, 'SDNQ' in Beating the Bounds, , Vol. Vol 7, (1901), 268-71
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. Vol 115, (1971), 123
Tratman, EK, 'Proceedings of the Univ of Bristol Speleological Society' in Proceedings of the University of Bristol Speleological Society, , Vol. Vol 3(1), (1927), 284-5

Source: Historic England

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