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Bowl barrow 180m west of Ubley Warren Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Priddy, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2941 / 51°17'38"N

Longitude: -2.7026 / 2°42'9"W

OS Eastings: 351108.487126

OS Northings: 155226.453485

OS Grid: ST511552

Mapcode National: GBR JL.YLX8

Mapcode Global: VH89C.3QMV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 180m west of Ubley Warren Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 20 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010160

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22805

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Priddy

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on level ground, 180m west of
Ubley Warren Farm.
The barrow has a mound c.0.75m high and 25m in diameter surrounded by a ditch,
c.3m wide, from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This has become largely infilled over the years and now survives as
a buried feature, except on the western side of the monument where it appears
as a slight earthwork.
The monument is bounded on the south side by a linear depression which is
likely to represent a lead mining rake.

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 180m west of Ubley Warren Farm survives comparatively well and
contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument
and the landscape in which it was constructed. This is one of a concentration
of round barrows occurring on the Mendips.

Source: Historic England

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