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Bowl barrow 470m south east of Southfield Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Priddy, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2456 / 51°14'44"N

Longitude: -2.639 / 2°38'20"W

OS Eastings: 355490.067753

OS Northings: 149795.073401

OS Grid: ST554497

Mapcode National: GBR MN.1Z2P

Mapcode Global: VH89L.6YPJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 470m south east of Southfield Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 11 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010263

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13872

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Priddy

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on level ground 470m south east of
Southfield Farm. It consists of a spread barrow mound 18m in diameter and c.
0.5m 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 drystone wall which runs
north to south across the barrow mound is excluded from the scheduling
although the ground beneath it is included.

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 470m south east of Southfield Farm survives comparatively
well, despite some spreading of the barrow mound by previous cultivation. It
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, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()
Other
Ordnance Survey, ST 54 NE 26, (1966)

Source: Historic England

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