Ring ditch 150m north of Natson Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015477

Date first listed: 07-Feb-1997


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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 71573 01025


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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 ring ditch 150m north of Natson Farm survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and its surrounding landscape. This ring ditch 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 an oval ring ditch, representing a levelled bowl barrow, 150m north of Natson Farm, Bow and 200m south of the River Yeo on a spur of land in a low lying field. The monument is one of a complex of ritual and funerary monuments which are concentrated around the village of Bow. The area is also associated with the placename `Nymett' which is thought to have sacred Celtic significance. The ring ditch represents the ditch of a bowl barrow and survives as a buried feature clearly indicated on aerial photographs. It is oval in shape and measures 20m long north west to south east and 12m wide south west to north east. 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: 28639

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, SS70SW118, (1991)

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