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Bowl barrow 35m north east of Mouseberry Cross on Meshaw Moor

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 35m north east of Mouseberry Cross on Meshaw Moor

List entry Number: 1016213

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: North Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Meshaw

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 31-Jan-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Aug-1997

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 30316

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

The bowl barrow 35m north east of Mouseberry Cross survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a wider distribution which includes several barrows situated in this part of Devon.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow which lies on a high upland ridge to the north east of Mouseberry Cross on Meshaw Moor. It forms an outlier to a round barrow cemetery which lies to the east and is the subject of a separate scheduling. The monument survives as a 2.3m high oval shaped mound which measures 29.5m long from east to west and 27.7m wide from north to south. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived survives mainly as a buried feature, although traces of the ditch are evident. To the west the ditch appears to be 2.2m wide and up to 0.1m deep, to the north it measures up to 4m wide and 0.1m deep and to the east it measures 3.4m wide and 0.1m deep. To the south the mound and ditch have been cut by a field boundary's construction trench. The mound has been slightly flattened on its northern side.

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.

Selected Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS71NE7, (1982)

National Grid Reference: SS 76132 17529

Map

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