Bowl barrow 500m north east of Broadnymett


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015473

Date first listed: 07-Feb-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 500m north east of Broadnymett
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: North Tawton

National Grid Reference: SS 70355 01452

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 plough damage, the bowl barrow 500m north east of Broadnymett survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the mound and its surrounding landscape. This mound forms part of a cluster of funerary and ritual monuments situated close to the present day village of Bow.


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated 500m north east of Broadnymett on a ridge overlooking the valley of the Venn Lake to the north and the River Yeo to the south. It lies within an area which has a rich concentration of ritual and funerary sites centred around the village of Bow. The area is also characterised by the placename `Nymett' which has some significance to Celtic sacred features. The barrow survives as a low circular mound which has a diameter of 18m and is 0.4m high. The ditch from which material was quarried to construct the mound, surrounds the barrow and survives as a buried feature, which is clearly visible on aerial photographs. A henge with associated features and barrows lie to the north east and these are the subject of separate schedulings.

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: 28634

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Griffith, F M, 'Prehistoric Society Proceedings' in Some Newly Discovered Ritual Monuments in Mid Devon, , Vol. 51, (1985), 314
Griffith, F., AP/AU1 (3.7.84), (1984)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1996)

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