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Bowl barrow 220m south west of Ubley Hill Farmhouse

A Scheduled Monument in Priddy, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3119 / 51°18'42"N

Longitude: -2.6957 / 2°41'44"W

OS Eastings: 351606.374262

OS Northings: 157201.962694

OS Grid: ST516572

Mapcode National: GBR JL.XNMW

Mapcode Global: VH89C.7985

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 220m south west of Ubley Hill Farmhouse

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1933

Last Amended: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010284

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13863

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Priddy

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a scarp edge 220m south west of
Ubley Hill Farmhouse. It consists of a barrow mound 14m in diameter and
c.1.25m high at its highest point. To the east the mound has been spread by
ploughing and is 0.75m 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.1m wide on the
north, east, and south sides of the monument. To the west the ditch has been
levelled by road construction. A telegraph pole which has been erected on the
barrow mound and a drystone wall running north to south across the mound are
excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath them 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 220m south west of Ubley Hill Farmhouse survives comparatively
well despite areas of localised disturbance caused by the erection of a
telegraph pole on the barrow mound. 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, 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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