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Bowl barrow 150m north east of Victoria Farm

A Scheduled Monument in St Cuthbert Out, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2353 / 51°14'7"N

Longitude: -2.5798 / 2°34'47"W

OS Eastings: 359619.1076

OS Northings: 148617.923502

OS Grid: ST596486

Mapcode National: GBR MR.2G6W

Mapcode Global: VH89T.76JV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 150m north east of Victoria Farm

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1958

Last Amended: 11 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016236

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29763

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: St Cuthbert Out

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on level ground 150m north east
of Victoria Farm.
The barrow includes a mound 35m in diameter and 2.15m high with a gently
sloping profile. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was
quarried during its constuction. This has become infilled over the years but
will survive as a buried feature approximately 3m wide. A geophysical survey
undertaken on the mound suggests the presence of a central burial chamber.
The field in which the barrow lies shows extensive, but slight, traces of
ridge and furrow cultivation of medieval date. This is not included in the

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 150m north east of Victoria Farm is a well preserved example
of its class. Despite slight erosion the barrow retains much of its original
profile and will contain archaeological remains providing information about
Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Palmer, L S, 'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Geoelectrical Surveying Of Archaeological Sites, , Vol. 26, (1960), 71-73

Source: Historic England

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