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Bowl barrow 250m south east of Redhill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Emborough, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2538 / 51°15'13"N

Longitude: -2.565 / 2°33'53"W

OS Eastings: 360667.012

OS Northings: 150668.7636

OS Grid: ST606506

Mapcode National: GBR MR.1CZ1

Mapcode Global: VH89M.HRC5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 250m south east of Redhill Farm

Scheduled Date: 21 April 1977

Last Amended: 9 May 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016297

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29774

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Emborough

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow situated on a gentle south facing
slope, immediately below the crest of a hill 250m south east of Redhill Farm.
The barrow includes a mound 30m in diameter and 1.8m high with a gently
sloping profile. Surrounding the mound is a ditch approximately 3m wide, now
only visible on the south west side but surviving as a buried feature
elsewhere around the mound. To the east of the drystone wall the mound
survives as a slight rise extending approximately 3m out from the wall.
The drystone wall and a post and barbed wire fence which cross the east edge
of the barrow are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
them 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

The bowl barrow 250m south east of Redhill Farm is a comparatively well-
preserved example of its class. Despite some 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

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