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Bowl barrow 570m south east of Lodmore Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Priddy, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2801 / 51°16'48"N

Longitude: -2.6643 / 2°39'51"W

OS Eastings: 353758.709902

OS Northings: 153652.628883

OS Grid: ST537536

Mapcode National: GBR JM.ZQHJ

Mapcode Global: VH89K.R2TZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 570m south east of Lodmore Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 8 April 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010424

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13859

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Priddy

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on level ground 570m south east of
Lodmore Farm. It consists of a barrow mound 17m in diameter and c.2.5m high at
its highest point. An area of previous excavation or stone quarrying cuts into
the mound on the south west side. 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 been infilled over the years
but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. A drystone wall which impinges on
the south side of the barrow mound is excluded from the scheduling; however
the ground beneath it 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 570m south east of Lodmore Farm survives comparatively well.
Despite an area of localised disturbance caused by previous excavation or
quarrying, it is considered that the primary burial, ditch fill, and much of
the barrow mound will survive intact. The barrow therefore 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 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
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, (1971), 104
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, (1971), 123
Tratman, E K, 'Proceedings of the Univ of Bristol Speleological Society' in Fieldwork, , Vol. Vol 2(3), (1925), 284
Skinner, B M, Ref ms 33691 folio 285, (1826)
Skinner, B M, Ref ms 33726 folio 175 18.06.1832, (1832)

Source: Historic England

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