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Bowl barrow 420m ENE of Quarry Farm: part of the Redhill round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Wrington, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3714 / 51°22'17"N

Longitude: -2.7077 / 2°42'27"W

OS Eastings: 350831.350728

OS Northings: 163832.514551

OS Grid: ST508638

Mapcode National: GBR JK.SZK6

Mapcode Global: VH88Z.0SWK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 420m ENE of Quarry Farm: part of the Redhill round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011126

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22831

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Wrington

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow forming part of a wider round barrow
cemetery, situated on the north-facing slope of Redhill, 420m ENE of Quarry
The barrow has a mound 24m wide and c.0.5m high surrounded by a ditch from
which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled
over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. Part of a sarsen
stone c.0.5m by 0.3m has been exposed in the western area of the mound: this
may form part of a cist covering the burial. The barrow is one of at least six
bowl barrows which originally formed the round barrow cemetery at Redhill.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

The bowl barrow 420m ENE of Quarry Farm survives comparatively well and will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed. This barrow forms an integral part
of one of only three round barrow cemeteries known in the county of Avon.

Source: Historic England


Description of the barrow cemetery,

Source: Historic England

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