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Bowl barrow 110m south west of Spittle Pond Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Wambrook, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8751 / 50°52'30"N

Longitude: -3.0048 / 3°0'17"W

OS Eastings: 329401.597623

OS Northings: 108882.02825

OS Grid: ST294088

Mapcode National: GBR M5.T2LK

Mapcode Global: FRA 46LS.H77

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 110m south west of Spittle Pond Cottages

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1976

Last Amended: 24 April 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020545

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34869

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Wambrook

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Wambrook

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a gentle north and east
facing slope to the south east of Weston Farm and north of Higher
Wambrook. The barrow has a mound with maximim dimensions of 24m in
diameter and 0.7m in height. In common with other 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 2.5m 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 110m south west of Spittle Pond Cottages survives well and
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 V, 'Proceedings Somerset Archaeology & Natural History Society' in Somerset Barrows: revisions 1971 - 1987, , Vol. 131, (1987), 24

Source: Historic England

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