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Bowl barrow 810m southeast of Bristol Plain Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Rodney Stoke, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2619 / 51°15'42"N

Longitude: -2.7036 / 2°42'12"W

OS Eastings: 351002.780382

OS Northings: 151645.760811

OS Grid: ST510516

Mapcode National: GBR ML.0LWC

Mapcode Global: VH89K.3K20

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 810m southeast of Bristol Plain Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 16 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010499

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13820

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Rodney Stoke

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on level ground 810m southeast of
Bristol Plain Farm. It comprises a mound 20m in diameter and c.2.5m 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.2m wide. The monument is the easternmost of two central
barrows in a group of four aligned on a northwest-southeast axis.
The site was partially excavated by B M Skinner in 1816. Finds included a
deposit of burnt bone, believed to be contemporary with the earliest phase of
the monument.

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 810m 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. Although it is possible that the primary burial
has been disturbed, much of the barrow mound and quarry ditches remain 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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