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Straw Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Shapwick, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8276 / 50°49'39"N

Longitude: -2.0771 / 2°4'37"W

OS Eastings: 394665.457608

OS Northings: 103122.428677

OS Grid: ST946031

Mapcode National: GBR 319.3P0

Mapcode Global: FRA 66JX.BLW

Entry Name: Straw Barrow

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1961

Last Amended: 22 December 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29584

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Shapwick

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Shapwick St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as Straw Barrow, one of a dispersed
group of barrows on the former Shapwick Common Down. The barrow has a mound,
18m in diameter and 0.3m high, surrounded by a quarry ditch from which
material was excavated during its construction. This has become infilled over
the years but survives as a buried feature approximately 2m wide.

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

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
protection.

The bowl barrow known as Straw Barrow a comparatively well preserved example
of its class and will contain archaeological remains providing information
about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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