Kipscombe bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016658

Date first listed: 09-Jan-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Apr-1999


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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 67515 39609


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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 reduction in its height through cultivation and disturbance through partial excavation, Kipscombe bowl barrow survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a high upland ridge which marks the watershed of two tributaries to the River Bray. The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 9.8m in diameter and is 0.9m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is visible on all sides of the barrow and measures up to 2.9m wide and 0.1m deep. An excavation trench measuring 2m wide and extending from the top of the mound towards the south west is just visible. As a result the mound generally slopes on the top in a south westerly direction.

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: 32219

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS63NE2, (1983)

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