Bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015474

Date first listed: 21-Feb-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Bow

National Grid Reference: SS 71263 01531


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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 plough damage, the bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage 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.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage, Bow. The monument is situated on a ridge between the valleys of the River Yeo to the south and the Venn Lake to the north. It forms part of a complex of ritual and funerary monuments concentrated around the village of Bow. It is associated with the placename `Nymett' which has significance to sacred Celtic monuments. The barrow survives as a circular mound which has a diameter of 12.4m and is 0.2m high. The ditch from which material to construct the mound was quarried survives as a buried feature which is clearly visible on aerial photographs. Many of the other funerary and ritual monuments in the area 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.


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Legacy System number: 28635

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
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS70SW126, (1991)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1996)

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