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Ashbridge Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Ashen Hill Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Athelney Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Avalon Marshes Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Barrow Hill Hillfort
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Barrow Hill (Buckland Dinham) Long Barrow
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Bats Castle Hillfort
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Battlegore Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Beacon Batch Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Beacon Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Beechbarrow Round Barrow(s)
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Berry Castle Enclosure
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Big Tree Long Barrow Long Barrow
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Blacker's Hill Hillfort
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Black Ball Hill Cairn Cairn(s)
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Black Down (Priddy) Round Barrow(s)
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Black Hill and Hurley Beacon Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Bleary Pate Round Barrow(s)
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Bracelet Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Brean Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Brean Down Fort Promontory Fort
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Brent Knoll Hillfort
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Bristol Plain Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Burrington (Black Down) Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Burrow Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Cadbury Castle (South Cadbury) Hillfort
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Cannington Camp Hillfort
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Castle Neroche Hillfort
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Charterhouse Warren Farm Swallet Cave / Rock Shelter
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Cheddar Gorge and Gough's Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Chewton Mendip barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Cothelstone Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Creech Hill Hillfort
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Curdon Wood Camp Enclosure
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Daw’s Castle Cliff Fort
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The Devil's Bed and Bolster Long Barrow
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The Devil's Stone Standing Stones
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Devil's Stone (Luckwell Bridge) Natural Rock Feature
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Devil's Stone (Staple Fitzpaine) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Dowsborough Hillfort
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Drove Cottage Henge Henge
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Dundon Beacon Round Barrow(s)
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Dundon Hill Hillfort
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Eastwater Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Ebbor Gorge Cave / Rock Shelter
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Elworthy Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Elworthy Barrows Hillfort
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Exmoor (Somerset) Region
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Fairy Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Forge Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Fromefield Long Barrow
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Gallax Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Giant's Grave (Holcombe) Long Barrow
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Glastonbury Lake Village Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Glastonbury Tor Sacred Hill
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Gorsey Bigbury Henge
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Great Hill (Quantock Hills) Cairn(s)
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Hamdon Hill Hillfort
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Harptree Barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Hazle Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Hole Ground Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Home Farm Cottage Round Barrow(s)
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Huish Champflower Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Hurdle Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Kenwalch's Castle Hillfort
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Kingsdown Camp Enclosure
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King's Castle Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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King Down Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Knackers Hole Cairn Cairn(s)
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Leather Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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The Long Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Lydeard Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Maesbury Castle Hillfort
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Meare Lake Villages Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Miner's Arms Inn Round Barrow(s)
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Moor View Round Barrow(s)
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Murtry Hill Long Barrow
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Naked Boy Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Norton Camp (Somerset) Hillfort
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Pen Hill Long Barrow
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Pool Farm Cist Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
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Priddy 51 Long Barrow
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Priddy Circles Henge
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Priddy Hill Long Barrow
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Priddy Long Barrow Long Barrow
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Priddy Nine Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Ralegh’s Cross Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Read's Cavern Cave / Rock Shelter
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Redhill Farm and Blackwell Tyning Round Barrow(s)
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Rhino Rift Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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River Frome Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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River Yeo Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Robin Hood's Butts (North) Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Robin Hood's Butts (South) Round Barrow(s)
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Roddenbury Hill Hillfort
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Rowbarrow Round Barrow(s)
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Rowberrow Cavern Cave / Rock Shelter
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Rowberrow Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Rowberrow Warren Cairn(s)
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Ruborough Camp Hillfort
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Selworthy Beacon Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Shave Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
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Small Down Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Southfield Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Stow Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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St Lawrence Church Round Barrow(s)
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Swayne's Jumps Standing Stones
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The Sweet Track Ancient Trackway
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Tedbury Camp Hillfort
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Three Tuns Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Tom Tivey's Hole Cave / Rock Shelter
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Totty Pot Cave / Rock Shelter
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Trendle Ring Hillfort
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Triple H Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
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Tripp Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Triscombe Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tyning's Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Wadbury Camp Hillfort
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Weacombe Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Wearyall Hill Sacred Hill
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Wellington Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Wells Museum Holed Stone
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West Hill (Quantock Hills) Cairn(s)
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Whitestown Farm Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Whitnell Corner Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Whitstone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Wick Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Wills Neck Round Barrow(s)
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Wilmot's Pool Round Barrow(s)
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The Wimblestone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Wimble Toot Round Barrow(s)
Windmill Hill (Glastonbury) Artificial Mound
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Wiveliscombe Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Wookey Hole Cave / Rock Shelter
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Yonder Cross Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Ashbrittle Yew Round Barrow(s)
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Chalice Well Sacred Well
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Deerleap Stones Standing Stones
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Faulkland Standing Stones
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Ponter's Ball Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork

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Mendip Hills team gets conservation cash boost


The team that looks after the landscape of the Mendip Hills has been given more than £200,000 to help with its conservation.

The Heritage Lottery Fund money will be spent on teaching people about the history and archaeology of the Black Down and Burrington Commons... continues...
moss Posted by moss
18th January 2013ce
Edited 3rd April 2016ce

Oldest open-air cemetery in the UK found


Somerset was the site of the UK's oldest open-air cemetery, the county council says.

Recent radiocarbon dating of two skulls found at a sand quarry in Greylake nature reserve near Middlezoy in 1928 revealed them to be 10,000 years old... continues...
goffik Posted by goffik
26th July 2011ce

New visitor centre for Avalon Marshes


Bit of a belated post, from This Is Somerset website:

The Iron Age inhabitants of Somerset's Avalon Marshes might have thought prehistoric architects were at work if they could see designs for the striking thatched visitor centre proposed for their old homeland.

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thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th March 2011ce
Edited 6th March 2011ce

Heritage Police to guard ancient sites

Posted on Facebook by http://www.digitaldigging.co.uk/index.html

Heritage police to guard historic icons in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire - will also guard against illegal metal detecting.

http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/news/Heritage-police-guard-icons/article-3212734-detail/article.html
tjj Posted by tjj
12th February 2011ce

Combing the Mendips for historic treasures


From The Weston & Somerset Mercury:

A TEAM of archaeologists will begin a four year hunt for hidden treasures on the Mendip Hills soon.

A dozen English Heritage specialists will use the latest aerial scanning technology as well as field surveys and other traditional archaeological techniques to look for new finds... continues...
baza Posted by baza
21st July 2006ce

Bronze Age hoard from Silk Mills Bridge


Archaeologists are currently studying the hoard found at Silk Mills Bridge near Taunton in the summer, before the items go on public display.

"Steven Membery, archaeologist for Somerset County Council, said of the site: "It appears to be an island in a large river. It was used seasonally probably for hunting ducks and fish... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
3rd January 2006ce
Edited 3rd January 2006ce

Wetland sites being lost through drainage


A study has highlighted how rural development and drainage for agriculture in the Somerset levels has badly damaged nationally important archaeological sites.

When ground water levels drop in the summer, the waterlogged remains dry out: current farming methods don't leave enough water inthe peat to protect them... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th October 2005ce
Edited 10th October 2005ce

6.500yr old causeway and fish weir found nr Bridgewater, Somerset.

Workers digging a new rubbish tip at Walpole nr Bridgewater have found the remains of an ancient causeway and fish weir. Archaeologist Richard Brunning has provisionally dated them to 4.500 BCE.

More here...
jimit Posted by jimit
13th July 2005ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Iron Age shoe unearthed at quarry


A shoe believed to be 2,000 years old has been dug up at a Somerset quarry.

The Iron Age relic was found in a hollowed tree trunk set into the ground at Whiteball Quarry, near Wellington... continues...
goffik Posted by goffik
10th May 2005ce

Cave Network Found Under Car Park


From - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/3550105.stm

A group of potholers stopped from exploring because of the foot-and-mouth epidemic, found a network of caves under the car park of their local pub... continues...
pure joy Posted by pure joy
20th March 2004ce
Edited 25th March 2004ce

Prehistoric Axe Found in a Garden in Somerset


A 5,000-year-old flint axe head has been found in a garden in Somerset (England). Andrew Witts made the rare prehistoric discovery while landscaping his garden at Creech St Michael near Taunton. Mr Witts said: "I knew I had found something unusual when I noticed the object had a polished surface, but I never thought it would be that... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
15th March 2004ce
Edited 15th March 2004ce

Homes Refused on Prehistoric Site


The site of archaeological remains which are thought to date back thousands of years has been saved from development. An area occupied by a Scheduled Ancient Monument was at risk of being turned into a small housing estate on the edge of Highbridge and West Huntspill in Somerset... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
17th December 2003ce
Edited 17th December 2003ce

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The Lost Stone Circles of North Somerset


moss Posted by moss
17th December 2014ce

UBSS - The Long Barrows and Long Mounds of West Mendip


Lewis,J., 2009. The long barrows and long mounds of West Mendip. UBSS Proceedings, 24(3) , pp 187-206

Abstract: This article considers the evidence for Early Neolithic long barrow construction on the West Mendip plateau, Somerset. It highlights the difficulties in assigning long mounds a classification on surface evidence alone and discusses a range of earthworks which have been confused with long barrows. Eight possible long barrows are identified and their individual and group characteristics are explored and compared with national trends. Gaps in the local distribution of these monuments are assessed and it is suggested that areas of absence might have been occupied by woodland during the Neolithic. The relationship between long barrows and later round barrows is also considered.
juamei Posted by juamei
21st January 2014ce

Charterhouse Environs Research Team


Introduction to the 'Chert' index to the drawings and sketches of the Rev. John Skinner

A great antiquarian!
moss Posted by moss
18th December 2012ce
Edited 19th December 2012ce

YouTube


Short video from the Museum of Somerset showing some of the gold objects found in the county. Steve Minnitt presents a torc found near Yeovil, an amazingly intricate and fine ring-shaped Thing, and the 17 gold objects untangled from the hoard buried at Priddy.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th March 2011ce

The Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society (BACAS).


Website includes history of the society, along with excursions, lectures, open days and events
Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce
Edited 10th July 2010ce

Wells & Mendip Museum website


Site includes finds, details and future events of the Wells Natural History and Archaeological Society.
Chance Posted by Chance
10th July 2010ce
Edited 3rd April 2016ce

Somerset Historic Environment Record


An excellent resourse for finding details of sites in Somerset.
jimit Posted by jimit
14th November 2003ce

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Brean Down (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

There are two distinct groups of barrows on Brean Down, located on the eastern and western summits of the ridge. Pastscape descriptions:

Eastern group
Seven mounds are contained within the eastern field system on Brean Down. One of these is a round barrow, centred at ST 29325 58814. It is most likely to be the site that Skinner, writing in the early 19th century, found Roman pottery and human bones on the surface, and recorded that the primary deposit had been removed. The barrow lies just to the south of the Roman temple (ST 25 NE 6) and appears to overlie part of the field sytem. The NW side of the barrow has been damaged by ridge and furrow cultivation. A small hollow at the SE corner of the barrow represents the remains of a small building, visible on aerial photographs taken in 1948. Four small depressions on the W and E sides of the mound and to the S of the barrow probably mark the position of ApSimon's trial trenches.

The mound centred at ST 29135 58925 may be a burial cairn. It is portrayed thus on a map of 1821. Silty clay has been dumped on the W end of the mound, obscuring its original form.

The remaining mounds are all small and are most likely to be clearance cairns or modified field banks. The mound centred at ST 2932 5881 is larger than the others, measuring 15m in diameter, has been interpreted as a round barrow or cairn which may be Bronze Age or Roman in date.

The other four mounds are centred at ST 2911 5893, ST 2913 5892, ST 2921 5889 and ST 2924 5887. They are predominantly sub-circular except for the largest mound and range in size, measuring between 3m in diameter and 7m by 10m. The largest of the mounds has been interpreted as a Bronze age burial mound. The other mounds may be clearance cairns which are possibly later in date.
Western group
Six mounds are contained within the western field system on Brean Down. Two of these are most likely to be small, Bronze Age burial cairns. The cairn at ST 28412 50920 is a low, circular, stony mound, close to a field bank. The cairn at ST 28519 59010 is a circular, turf-covered mound. Both of these cairns are shown on Colt Hoare's map of 1821 as burial cairns.

The large, flat-topped, sub-rectangular mound at ST 28487 59007 is surmounted by an OS trig. pillar. The hollow and small mound by the pillar suggest that the mound has been dug into. The field system may have incorporated an earlier cairn, or it may have been altered by the addition of a large burial cairn. The mound may have been augmented by field clearance. The present day appearance of the mound suggests that it may have been used as a beacon during the post medieval period.

The small rectangular mound on top of a field bank at ST 28647 58955 appears to be of recent construction. The mound at ST 28695 58942 is caused by the junction of two field banks, although it may have been augmented by field clearance. The sub-rectangular mound at ST 28733 58937 is part of a field bank, perhaps augmented by field clearance. A small hollow in its centre suggests that it has been dug into, and its northern end appears to have been modified by the removal of material.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
20th March 2019ce

Brean Down Fort (Promontory Fort) — Miscellaneous

Summarised description from Pastscape sources:
At the east end of Brean Down, a bank of stones, 4-8 feet high, with an outer ditch, makes an angle, ending on the steep slope on the north and destroyed by quarrying on the east.

In the part of the camp destroyed by quarrying a number of Roman gold coins of Augustus, Nero and Drusus, and two silver denarii of Vespasian, were found by quarrymen and dispersed to private collectors. A Roman cornelian ring is also recorded from the earthwork.

The principal feature of the earthwork is a bank and rock-cut ditch running north south across the ridge. At its southern end the bank turns to the east and follows a natural fault line along the top of exposed limestone outcrop.

Some mutilation of the earthwork and disturbance of the enclosed area was caused by military installations of the 1939-45 war.

A small excavation of the western bank of this feature was carried out in 1974, providing information for the following abstract:-

"Limited excavation at the SW angle of this small and now L-shaped earthwork showed the defences to consist of abutting rubble banks
revetted front and rear with massive drystone walling, with a ditch to the west. Radio carbon determinations indicate that the defences were constructed in the latter part of the Iron Age, and
provide dates for the coarse pottery of Iron Age `A' type in use on the site prior to the construction of the banks and while ditch silting was taking place. The site continued to be frequented in the Roman period."

The site was surveyed at a scale of 1:1000 by the RCHME in June 1995 as part of a landscape survey of Brean Down. The remains comprise an elongated L-shaped bank and ditch on the eastern side of Brean Down, centred at ST 29805900. Although the earthworks do not form a hillfort in the generally accepted definition of the term, the historical evidence, the scale of the western and southern ramparts, and the excavated evidence for Iron Age occupation, suggests that the term hillfort is appropriate for these earthworks.

The best preserved sections of the earthworks are the western rampart and ditch, and the western end of the southern rampart. The western rampart runs for 45m N-S and is, on average, 2m high and 2m wide. The ditch is present for some 25m on the outer side of the western rampart, south of the Military Road, and is rock-cut at its southern end. The ditch is 1.5m deep and 3.5m wide, giving a maximum width for the defences of 10m. North of the Military Road, the ditch has been disturbed by the construction of a 20th century military building.

The southern rampart utilises an outcrop of bedrock for much of its length. It is fronted by a narrow ledge 5m wide and 30m long at its western end. The rampart is breached at a point 35m east of the south-western angle; this is probably the result of erosion caused by a footpath. East of this breach, the earthwork is smaller in scale and comprises a bank, 110m long, 1.5m wide and 0.5m high. Disturbance caused by the construction of the Military Road occurs at ST 29895887, and east of this the bank changes direction and becomes less well-defined. The bank terminates at the Military Road at its eastern end, where it has been much disturbed by quarrying. There is no evidence for its extension east of the Military Road.

On the northern side of the earthwork, the ground falls away very sharply to the cliffs on the edge of Brean Down; this area has been disturbed by the construction of 20th century military buildings and no defensive remains are visible. None are shown on a 19th century map of Brean Down, which depicts the earthwork as very similar to its present day appearance.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
20th March 2019ce

Wills Neck (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Triscombe Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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