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Bowl barrow 760m southeast of Bristol Plain Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Rodney Stoke, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2621 / 51°15'43"N

Longitude: -2.7042 / 2°42'15"W

OS Eastings: 350959.769995

OS Northings: 151675.978422

OS Grid: ST509516

Mapcode National: GBR ML.0LQW

Mapcode Global: VH89K.2JRT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 760m southeast of Bristol Plain Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 16 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010492

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13819

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Rodney Stoke

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on level ground 760m southeast of
Bristol Plain Farm. It comprises a mound 13m in diameter and c.1.75m 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 mound. This has become infilled over the years and survives as a buried
feature c.2m wide. The monument is the westernmost of two central barrows
a group of four aligned on a northwest-southeast axis.
The site was partially excavated by B M Skinner in 1816.

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 760m southeast of Bristol Plain Farm survives comparatively
well despite a small area of localised disturbance caused by B M Skinner's
partial excavation in 1816. The excavation is unlikely to have disturbed the
primary burial and much of the barrow mound remains intact. It 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
exhibits 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, , Vol. Vol 115, (1971), 111
Tratman, E K, 'Proceedings of the Univ of Bristol Speleological Society' in Fieldwork, , Vol. Vol 2(3), (1925), 284-5
ms 28794 folio 85-6; 3648 folio 158, Skinner, B M, MS 28794 folio 85-6; 3648 folio 158, (1816)

Source: Historic England

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