Bowl barrow 80m south west of Hampson Cottage

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016189

Date first listed: 07-Apr-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 80m south west of Hampson Cottage
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Location

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 71287 01675

Summary

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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 80m 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.

History

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Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow 80m south west of Hampson Cottage, Bow. It is located on a ridge between the valleys of the River Yeo to the south and the Venn Lake to the north. It is one of a group of ritual and funerary monuments centred around the village of Bow. The area is also associated with the placename `Nymett' which is thought to have sacred Celtic significance. The barrow survives as a low circular mound which measures 18m in diameter and is 0.4m high. The ditch, from which material to construct the mound was quarried, surrounds the mound and is preserved 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 28637

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Griffith, F M, 'Prehistoric Society Proceedings' in Some Newly Discovered Ritual Monuments in Mid Devon, , Vol. 51, (1985), 314
Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX70SW127, (1991)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1996)

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