Bowl barrow 230m north east of School House

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1003839

Date first listed: 10-Nov-1950

Location Description: Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 230m north east of School House
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Location

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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: North Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Countisbury

National Park: EXMOOR

National Grid Reference: SS 77119 49174

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

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. 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. Despite reduction in the height of the mound though partial excavation and some cultivation the bowl barrow to the north east of School House survives comparatively well and it will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, use and landscape context.

History

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Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the eastern side of Kipscombe Hill overlooking the valley of a tributary to the East Lyn River. The barrow survives as circular mound measuring up to 14m in diameter and 1.2m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived survives as a partially buried feature up to 1.3m wide and 0.2m deep. There is an excavation hollow on the summit of the mound which is likely to mark the position of antiquarian investigation of the barrow although no details are known.

Sources: NMR:-SS74NE8 PastScape Monument No:-35124

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: DV 244

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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