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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 some reduction in its original height through past cultivation, the bowl barrow 660m north east of Tresoke, survives well and occupies a prominent location. It will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.
The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the summit of a prominent ridge which forms the watershed between tributaries to the Rivers Inny, Valency and Ottery. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 22m in diameter and 0.8m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. The field in which it stands was called 'Burrow Down' by 1838.
PastScape Monument No:-434061
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This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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