Bowl barrow 350m south of Broomhill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015991

Date first listed: 18-Nov-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 350m south of Broomhill
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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: Northlew

National Grid Reference: SX 51251 97513


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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 limited damage as a result of road construction, the bowl barrow 350m south of Broomhill survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and the surrounding landscape.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow lying in the south eastern corner of Ten Acres field, overlooking the valley of the River Lew. The barrow is oval in shape, measures 11.6m north to south by 10.65m east to west and stands up to 1.43m high. The ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the mound survives as a buried feature measuring c.1.5m wide. The eastern side of the mound has seen limited damage as a result of road construction. The scheduling includes a 3.5m wide margin which includes the buried ditch, except on the eastern side where the line follows the foot of the mound. Excluded from the scheduling are the fence posts, although the ground beneath is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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

Legacy System number: 28601

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX59NW2, (1981)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1995)

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