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Bowl barrow 100m north east of Home Farm Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Ston Easton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2864 / 51°17'11"N

Longitude: -2.5434 / 2°32'36"W

OS Eastings: 362202.284401

OS Northings: 154284.301255

OS Grid: ST622542

Mapcode National: GBR JS.ZBXM

Mapcode Global: VH89F.VXSP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m north east of Home Farm Cottage

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1976

Last Amended: 3 July 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016296

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29773

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Ston Easton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a slight, south facing slope,
100m north east of Home Farm Cottage.
The barrow includes a flat topped mound 21m in diameter and 2.25m high. There
is a slight hollow in the centre of the mound which is probably the result of
an unrecorded antiquarian excavation. The base of the mound has been somewhat
distorted by past ploughing. Although no longer visible on the surface, a
ditch surrounds the mound and will survive as a buried feature approximately
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

The bowl barrow 100m north east of Home Farm Cottage is a well preserved
example of its class, and despite some erosion around the base caused by past
ploughing, still retains much of its original profile. Tree roots have caused
some disturbance and the visual appearance of the mound suggests some small
scale past excavation but, despite this, archaeological remains will survive
providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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