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Two bowl barrows 400m north west of Gorvin

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: Two bowl barrows 400m north west of Gorvin

List entry Number: 1016647

Location

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

County: Devon

District: Torridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Hartland

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 07-Jul-1999

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 32204

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 two barrows 400m north west of Gorvin survive well and form part of a dispersed group recorded in this area. Both will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape.

History

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Details

The monument includes two bowl barrows situated on a prominent upland ridge overlooking the valley of Seckington Water. These form part of a group of barrows recorded in this area. The southernmost barrow survives as a slightly oval mound which measures 35.7m long from east to west, 30.1m wide from north to south and is 1.4m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is visible, measuring up to 5.1m wide and 0.1m deep. The northernmost barrow survives as a circular mound with a diameter of 16.2m and it is 0.3m high. The surrounding ditch is preserved as a buried feature 2m wide adjoining that of the southern barrow.

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, SS21NE508, (1982)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS21NE509, (1982)

National Grid Reference: SS 28679 19931

Map

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