Bowl barrow 325m north west of Winkleigh Moor Cross


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015148

Date first listed: 18-Nov-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 325m north west of Winkleigh Moor Cross
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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: Ashreigney

National Grid Reference: SS 59967 12537


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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.

Despite the possibility of part excavation, the bowl barrow 325m north west of Winkleigh Moor Cross survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a group lying on the watershed between the Rivers Taw and Torridge.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on Riddlecombe Moor in a prominent location on the watershed between the River Torridge to the west and the River Taw to the east. The barrow survives as a circular flat topped mound with a 20.4m diameter and stands up to 0.8m high. A slight hollow towards the western side of the mound may represent an early part excavation or robbing. The ditch from which the mound material was derived surrounds the barrow and is preserved as a buried feature c.3.4m wide. Another barrow situated 113m to the south east is the subject of a separate scheduling (SM 28606).

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.


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

Legacy System number: 28607

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS51SE30, (1984)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1995)

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