Four bowl barrows on Langaford Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016223

Date first listed: 10-Aug-1923

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Oct-1997


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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: Ashwater

National Grid Reference: SS 40856 00002, SS 41033 00019, SS 41312 00088


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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 modern activities, these four barrows on Langaford Moor survive comparatively well and contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape. These barrows form part of a wider distribution which includes several barrows situated within this part of Devon.


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The monument, which falls into three areas of protection, includes four Bronze Age bowl barrows situated on Langaford Moor. The barrows occupy a high upland ridge which enjoys commanding views across to Dartmoor in the south, and over valleys of tributaries of the River Carey. They form part of a concentration of similar monuments in the area. The four bowl barrows are aligned east-west along the line of the natural ridge. An outlier situated to the north, which occupies a different hilltop beyond a small river valley, is the subject of a separate scheduling. The westernmost barrow of the group survives as a 35m diameter circular, flat- topped mound standing up to 1.2m high. The central barrow survives as a 29m diameter circular flat-topped mound standing up to 0.5m high. To the east a land drain or trackway runs from north to south and has cut the quarry ditch on the eastern side of the mound. The easternmost barrows which lie within a single area of protection, survive as two conjoined mounds. The larger of the two is oval in shape and measures 22m long from east to west and 19m wide from north to south and is 0.8m high. To the SSE is the second, smaller circular mound which has a diameter of 9m and stands up to 0.3m high. All four barrows are surrounded by 2m wide buried ditches from which material was quarried during their construction.

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: 28647

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW6, (1983)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW7, (1984)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW8, (1984)
MPP Fieldwork by H. Gerrard, Gerrard, H., (1996)

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