Bowl barrow 500m north east of Lane End, Halwill Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016222

Date first listed: 14-Jan-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Aug-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 500m north east of Lane End, Halwill Moor
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Halwill

National Grid Reference: SS 43678 00651


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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 500m north east of Lane End 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 within this part of Devon.


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The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated 500m north east of Lane End in Halwill on a high upland ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary of the River Carey to the south east. This area supports a concentration of such barrows. The monument survives as a 34m diameter circular, flat topped mound standing up to 1.3m high. The ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature, 2m wide.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 28645

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW3, (1982)

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