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Bowl barrow 75m south west of Long House Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Cheddar, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3009 / 51°18'3"N

Longitude: -2.7505 / 2°45'1"W

OS Eastings: 347776.548501

OS Northings: 156015.096517

OS Grid: ST477560

Mapcode National: GBR JJ.Y6VY

Mapcode Global: VH89B.8KSM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 75m south west of Long House Barn

Scheduled Date: 26 February 1934

Last Amended: 8 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014712

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22073

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Cheddar

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow just below the crest of a north facing
slope on the Mendip Hills.
The barrow has a mound which measures c.12m in diameter and is c.0.3m high.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. The ditch has become infilled over the years and can no longer
be seen at ground level, but it survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

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

Despite being ploughed, the bowl barrow 75m south west of Long House Barn will
contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Tratman, E K, 'UBBS' in UBSS Barrow Catalogue, , Vol. 5, (1938), 82

Source: Historic England

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