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Bowl barrow 435m north west of Ivy Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in St Cuthbert Out, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2335 / 51°14'0"N

Longitude: -2.654 / 2°39'14"W

OS Eastings: 354434.64478

OS Northings: 148463.534001

OS Grid: ST544484

Mapcode National: GBR MN.2FG3

Mapcode Global: VH89R.Y896

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 435m north west of Ivy Cottage

Scheduled Date: 16 October 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020495

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35307

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: St Cuthbert Out

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the summit of a steep scarp
which rises to the north and west above Rookham towards the eastern end of
the Mendip Hills. The barrow, which is believed to be of Late Neolithic to
Bronze Age date, has a mound 9m in diameter and 0.4m high. In common with
other bowl barrows in the area the mound is surrounded by a ditch from
which material was quarried during its construction. Although this is no
longer visible at ground level it will survive as a buried feature up to
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 435m north west of Ivy Cottage survives well. It will
contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L, 'Proceedings of Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society' in Somerset Barrows, , Vol. 115 pt 2, (1971), 116

Source: Historic England

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