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Bowl barrow known as `Wimble Toot'

A Scheduled Monument in Babcary, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0497 / 51°2'58"N

Longitude: -2.6284 / 2°37'42"W

OS Eastings: 356048.082074

OS Northings: 128002.752401

OS Grid: ST560280

Mapcode National: GBR MP.G1X9

Mapcode Global: FRA 56CB.ZSP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as `Wimble Toot'

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1929

Last Amended: 10 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015279

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22071

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Babcary

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow on a high point on the east bank of the
River Cary.
The barrow has a mound which measures c.3m in diameter and is c.2.8m high.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. This has become partly infilled over the years and survives as a
buried feature, but can still be seen on the east side of the mound c.6m
A c.3m diameter depression in the top of the mound is indicative of
antiquarian investigation.
The post and wire fence on the north edge of the monument is excluded from the
scheduling but the ground beneath 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

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 part excavation, the bowl barrow known as `Wimble Toot' survives
well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence
relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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