Round barrow on Darracott Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012445

Date first listed: 26-Oct-1970

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Apr-1991


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow on Darracott Moor
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Great Torrington

National Grid Reference: SS 51844 21471


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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. Their ubiquity and their tendency to occupy prominent locations makes them 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 organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. This barrow is one of a small dispersed group which have demonstrated considerable potential for the preservation of environmental evidence both of a contemporary kind as well as of the pre-barrow ground surface.


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The round barrow is 18m in diameter and stands 0.75m high. It lies on Darracott Moor and although it has been ploughed in the past, it is now under grass. No visible ditch remains, but this could have been obscured by ploughing. There is no record of the barrow having been excavated and it thus offers considerable archaeological potential.

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.


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Legacy System number: 13604

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Books and journals
Doe, G, 'Trans Devonshire Assoc' in Address of the President, , Vol. 71, (1939), 47
Grinsell, L V, 'Proc Devon Arch Soc' in The Barrows of North Devon, , Vol. 28, (1970), 119

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