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Bowl barrow on Stock Hill: part of the Stock Hill round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Chewton Mendip, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2566 / 51°15'23"N

Longitude: -2.6359 / 2°38'9"W

OS Eastings: 355721.659739

OS Northings: 151023.370429

OS Grid: ST557510

Mapcode National: GBR MP.100J

Mapcode Global: VH89L.8PC0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Stock Hill: part of the Stock Hill round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 5 December 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014739

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22804

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Chewton Mendip

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the northern slope of Stock
Hill. The barrow mound has a diameter of c.25m and is c.2.5m high.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become infilled over the years and,
although no longer visible at ground level, it survives as a buried feature
c.3m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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.

This barrow on Stock Hill barrow survives well and will contain archaeological
and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in
which it was constructed and to the Stock Hill cemetery as a whole.

Source: Historic England

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