Bowl barrow on Dart Raffe Moor lying 550m south west of Broadridge Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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- Date first listed:
- Date of most recent amendment:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- North Devon (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SS 79531 16575
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
The bowl barrow on Dart Raffe Moor lying 550m south west of Broadridge Farm survives well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a group of three lying in a prominent visual location.
This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on Dart Raffe Moor in a
prominent location overlooking the valley of the Little Dart River which forms
part of a cluster of at least three barrows. The barrow survives as a
circular mound 26.4m in diameter and 1m high. The ditch from which material
was quarried to construct the mound surrounds the barrow and is preserved as a
buried feature c.3.5m wide.
Two other barrows lying in the vicinity are the subject of separate
schedulings (SM 28608 and SM 28610).
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:
- Legacy System:
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS71NE9, (1982)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1995)
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.
End of official listing