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Bowl barrow 300m south west of Harptree Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Priddy, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2674 / 51°16'2"N

Longitude: -2.6671 / 2°40'1"W

OS Eastings: 353553.200759

OS Northings: 152234.804834

OS Grid: ST535522

Mapcode National: GBR MM.0J3G

Mapcode Global: VH89K.QDCS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m south west of Harptree Lodge

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 17 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010287

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13860

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Priddy

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on level ground 300m south west of
Harptree Lodge. It consists of a barrow mound 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. The monument is an outlier of the
Ashen Hill round barrow cemetery located 300m to the south east.

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 south west of Harptree Lodge survives well and has
potential for the recovery of 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 association with the Ashen
Hill round barrow cemetery 300m to the south east and numerous other
contemporary burial monuments which survive in the area. Such evidence gives
an indication of the intensity of occupation and the nature of social
organisation present in the area 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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