Bowl barrow 100m south east of Knightacott Cross


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016655

Date first listed: 20-May-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Apr-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 100m south east of Knightacott Cross
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: North Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Bratton Fleming

National Grid Reference: SS 66242 39253


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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 100m south east of Knightacott Cross survives comparatively well and forms part of a dispersed group. It will contain both archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a prominent upland ridge known as Bratton Down. It forms part of a dispersed group recorded in this area. The monument survives as an oval mound which measures 27.1m long from north west to south east, 23.3m wide from north east to south west and is 0.7m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is partially visible on the eastern side where it measures up to 3.4m wide and 0.2m deep; elsewhere it survives as a buried feature.

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: 32215

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS63NE4, (1982)

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