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Two bowl barrows 400m north-east of Quarry Farm: part of the Redhill round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Wrington, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.372 / 51°22'19"N

Longitude: -2.7089 / 2°42'32"W

OS Eastings: 350748.09712

OS Northings: 163899.422691

OS Grid: ST507638

Mapcode National: GBR JK.SZ5C

Mapcode Global: VH88Z.0S72

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 400m north-east of Quarry Farm: part of the Redhill round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011127

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22832

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Wrington

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes two bowl barrows forming part of a wider round barrow
cemetery. The barrows are aligned broadly north-east to south-west and are
situated on the north-facing slope of Redhill, 400m north-east of Quarry Farm.
The northern barrow has a mound 15m wide and c.0.75m high; the southern barrow
has a mound 25m wide and c.0.8m high. Each mound is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during their construction. These ditches have
become infilled over the years but survive as buried features c.2m wide.
The two bowl barrows belong to a group of at least six barrows which
originally formed the Redhill round barrow cemetery.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts which lie within its
boundary although the ground beneath them 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

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 two bowl barrows 400m north-east of Quarry Farm survive comparatively well
and will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. These barrows form an
integral part of one of only three round barrow cemeteries known in the county
of Avon.

Source: Historic England


Description of barrow cemetery,
Description of the barrow cemetery,

Source: Historic England

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