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Bowl barrow 300m north east of Tyning's Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Cheddar, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3068 / 51°18'24"N

Longitude: -2.7581 / 2°45'29"W

OS Eastings: 347248.112499

OS Northings: 156680.377001

OS Grid: ST472566

Mapcode National: GBR JH.XYS3

Mapcode Global: VH89B.4FR2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m north east of Tyning's Farm

Scheduled Date: 6 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011584

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13876

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Cheddar

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on sloping ground 300m north east
of Tyning's Farm. It consists of a barrow mound 15m in diameter and c.0.25m
high at its highest point. The barrow mound has been spread by cultivation.
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.3m

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 300m north east of Tyning's Farm survives comparatively well,
despite spreading of the barrow mound by cultivation. It contains
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
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()
Dennison, E, (1985)
Source Date:
Card no SP95SW11

Source: Historic England

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