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Five bowl barrows 500m north west of Cuckoo Cleeves: part of the Stock Hill round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Chewton Mendip, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2562 / 51°15'22"N

Longitude: -2.6361 / 2°38'10"W

OS Eastings: 355704.32665

OS Northings: 150972.800339

OS Grid: ST557509

Mapcode National: GBR MN.15Y6

Mapcode Global: VH89L.8P7C

Entry Name: Five bowl barrows 500m north west of Cuckoo Cleeves: part of the Stock Hill round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014775

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13921

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Chewton Mendip

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a group of five bowl barrows forming most of a nuclear
round barrow cemetery located on level ground 500m north west of Cuckoo
Cleeves. A further barrow to the north and one to the south are the subject
of separate schedulings.

From west to east the monument can be described as follows:
(ST55675096) Bowl barrow visible as a barrow mound 16m in diameter and c.1.5m
high at its highest point. A central depression c.1.25m deep may mark the site
of a previous part excavation, although no details are known. A ditch, from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument surrounds
the barrow mound. This survives as a slight depression c.3m wide on the north
and east sides and as a buried feature elsewhere.

(ST55685096) Bowl barrow visible as a barrow mound 15m in diameter and c.1m
high at its highest point. A central depression 2m in diameter and c.0.5m
deep may mark the site of a previous excavation. The quarry ditch surrounding
the barrow mound has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried
feature c.3m wide.

(ST55705096) Bowl barrow visible as a barrow mound 27m in diameter and c.3m
high at its highest point. A central depression 4m in diameter and c.0.75m
deep may mark the site of a previous part excavation, although no details
are known. A quarry ditch c.3.7m wide and c.0.3m deep surrounds the barrow
mound.

(ST55745098) Bowl barrow visible as a barrow mound 10m in diameter and c.0.5m
high at its highest point. The quarry ditch has become infilled over the
years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.

(ST55755097) Bowl barrow visible as a barrow mound 15m in diameter and c.0.5m
high at its highest point. The quarry ditch has become infilled over the
years but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

A drystone wall running from west to east which crosses the second barrow
mound (ST55685096) is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath is
included.

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.

The five bowl barrows forming most of the Stock Hill round barrow cemetery
survive comparatively well and, despite some disturbance possibly caused by
previous part excavation of some of the mounds, the barrows contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating both to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Numerous other burial monuments of the same date also survive in the area.
Such evidence gives us an indication of the intensity of occupation and the
nature of social organisation present in the area during the Bronze Age
period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. Vol 115, (1971), 100
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. Vol 115, (1971)
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural Hist Soc' in Somerset Barrows Part II, , Vol. Vol 115, (1971), 100
Tratman, E K, 'Proceedings of the Univ of Bristol Speleological Society' in Fieldwork , (1938)
Tratman, E K, 'Proceedings of the Univ of Bristol Speleological Society' in Fieldwork , (1938), 83
Tratman, E K, 'Proc Univ Bristol Spel Soc' in Fieldwork, , Vol. 5 (1), (1938)
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, (), 83
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()
Tratman, E K, 'University of Bristol Speleological Society' in Barrow Catalogue, ()

Source: Historic England

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