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Bowl barrow 320m NE of Starved Oak Cross

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 320m NE of Starved Oak Cross

List entry Number: 1010632

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: East Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Brampford Speke

County: Devon

District: East Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Upton Pyne

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 16-May-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 27-Sep-1991

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 15017

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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. 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.

This bowl barrow is one of the largest and best-preserved examples in the Upton Pyne barrow group; each excavation of other members of this group has indicated an excellent preservation of constructional and funerary evidence, sometimes coupled with a rich array of grave goods; the absence of previous disturbance to this barrow gives a high expectation that a similar quality of information survives intact at this monument. The unusual low-lying position of the Upton Pyne barrow group, its good overall preservation, and the quality of the dating, constructional and artefactual information that it has produced, have all resulted in its frequent mention in national reviews of Bronze Age funerary monuments.

History

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Details

The monument is a bowl barrow which survives as an earthen mound, 40m in diameter and 2m high, though it has been markedly truncated by plough-damage across its NW edge. There is no visible or recorded evidence that this barrow has been excavated. The barrow stands on a gentle SW-facing slope in the floor of an alluvial basin, and is crossed slightly NW of its centre by a NE- SW hedge-bank separating two arable fields and followed by the Upton Pyne/Brampford Speke parish boundary. This barrow is one of a well-spaced barrow group and is located 100-120m from its nearest neighbour, near the centre of the area covered by the Upton Pyne barrow group. This group comprises over thirty recorded barrows dispersed about a low-lying alluvial basin north of the confluences of the River Exe with the Rivers Culm and Creedy. Within the overall group, barrows occur both as isolated examples and forming localised clusters. Grave goods and a radiocarbon date derived from the few partly excavated barrows in the group indicate burials during the early and middle Bronze Age (around 2000 - 1000 BC). All of the upstanding barrows in this group present the appearance of unditched bowl barrows, the absence of ditches being supported by air photographic evidence and confirmed for all examples that have been excavated. The modern hedge crossing the barrow is excluded from the scheduling but the land beneath, including the hedge-bank, is included.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Todd, M, The South-West to A.D. 1000, (1987), 148-50
Other
AM7 entry for DV 248a,
Devon SMR entries for SX 99 NW-026, -027 and -052,
Devon SMR entries for SX 99 NW-119 and -120,
Devon SMR entry for SX 99 NW-021,
Fox, A., South-West England, (1964)

National Grid Reference: SX 91461 99064

Map

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