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Monument Number 202689

Hob Uid: 202689
Location :
Somerset
Mendip
Frome
Grid Ref : ST7808048900
Summary : Site of a Neolithic chambered tomb excavated in 1965 when human remains and Windmill Hill pottery were found.
More information : [ST 7808 4890] STANDING STONE [OE] (Human bones found
A.D. 1819) (1)

A large, chambered barrow, was completely levelled when the
garden of Fromefield House was extended in, or about, 1820. Five
chambers, containing skeletons and pottery, were revealed,
also a large stone which was reported as 'covering them'. The
bones were left in situ and the stone, some 5 ft. high, erected
over the site. (a)
Neolithic 'A' sherds from this Long Barrow are in Taunton Museum. (4)
Standing Stone - scheduled. (5)

The stone, which is 6 ft. x 3 ft. x 1 1/2 ft. stands, where
published, in a thickly overgrown piece of ground owned by
Mr. Cuss, formerly a gardener at Fromefield House: he has not
found any re-interred bones. There is no trace of a mound.

Two stones at ST 7817 4897, in the garden of 'Stonelands', are
thought to come from this barrow; both are standing, one 5 ft.
and the other 2 ft. high.
(See GP. AO/64/268/2).
In the garden of 'Ormonde', at ST 7818 4897, is a prostrate
stone measuring 6 ft. x 2 ft. x 1 1/4 ft.
Surveyed at 1/2500. (6)

Two cuttings made in 1965 revealed that the mound was
constructed of limestone slabs. Bases of six stoneholes were
found, human bones, and some pottery. The remaining capstone,
placed in a vertical position in 1820, was removed. (7)

The 1965 excavation was made for DOE prior to the levelling of the
site and the building of a housing estate. The area had been
much disturbed by the 1820 landscape gardening, but slight
remains of a barrow mound were detected around the reset marker
stone. Excavation across this mound and at the marker stone
position discovered: (a) Six shallow holes, apparently randomly
spaced, which could not be satisfactorily interpreted; (b)
an aggregation of limestone slabs, which could have represented a
collapsed peristalith or revetment wall, or might have been
merely mound material; (c) fragmentary human bones representing
at least 15 individuals, though most of the major bones were
missing; (d) a few sherds of Windmill Hill pottery. It was
concluded that the monument had been a stone-chambered tomb
typologically similar to West Kennet. (8)


Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1929-38.
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Source Number : 2
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Source details :
Page(s) : 37
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Vol(s) : 57, 1911
Source Number : 3
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Source details : (A. Bulleid)
Page(s) : 67
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Vol(s) : 87, 1941
Source Number : 3a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Diary (Miss Sheppard, Fromefield House c. 1820)
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Source : The archaeology of Wessex : an account of Wessex antiquities from the earliest times to the end of the pagan-Saxon period, with special reference to existing field monuments
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Page(s) : 29, 322
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : AMs Eng. Wales, 1961, 81 (M.P.B.W.)
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 03-SEP-64
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Excav.Ann.Rep.1965, 6, (MPBW).
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Source Number : 8
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Source details : Plans and photos. (F de M & H L Vatcher)
Page(s) : 19-30
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Vol(s) : 117, 1973

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Neolithic
Display Date : Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Chambered Tomb, Chambered Long Barrow, Inhumation
Evidence : Destroyed Monument, Find

Components and Objects:
Period : Neolithic
Component Monument Type : Chambered Tomb, Chambered Long Barrow, Inhumation
Object Type : VESSEL
Object Material : Pottery

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 2/22/22
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 74 NE 9
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 74 NE 9
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-09-03
End Date : 1964-09-03
Associated Activities : FROMEFIELD MEGALITHIC TOMB, (LONG BARROW, FROME 1)
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1965-01-01
End Date : 1965-12-31