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Bowl barrow 840m north east of Bagborough House

A Scheduled Monument in West Bagborough, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1038 / 51°6'13"N

Longitude: -3.1842 / 3°11'3"W

OS Eastings: 317181.583108

OS Northings: 134494.765543

OS Grid: ST171344

Mapcode National: GBR LX.BR47

Mapcode Global: VH6H4.RJG6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 840m north east of Bagborough House

Scheduled Date: 15 June 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016500

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32172

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: West Bagborough

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated below the crest on a
north and east facing spur on Wills Neck, a high, broad plateau in the south
western region of the Quantock Hills. The barrow mound is an irregular oval
shape, 24m from north to south, 14m from east to west and approximately
1m high. A surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during the
monument's construction is likely to have existed. This will have become
infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature with an estimated
width of 3m, based on a comparison with similar barrows in the region.

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

The area of the Quantock Hills, although small in extent, is one of the few
remaining expanses of open moorland in southern Britain. Its archaeological
importance lies in the existence of a landscape displaying examples of
monuments tracing the exploitation of the hills from the Bronze Age onwards.
Well-preserved monuments from the Bronze Age and Iron Age, including round
barrows, cairns, settlements, hillforts and a trackway, as well as later
industrial remains, give insights into changes in the pattern of land use on
the hills through time. These earthworks are one of the key components of the
Quantocks' broader landscape character.
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. In excess of 30 bowl barrows can be found on
the Quantock Hills. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in
form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the
diversity of beliefs and social organisations among early prehistoric
communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a
substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

The bowl barrow 840m north east of Bagborough House survives well and will
contain archaeological deposits and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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