Bowl barrow 260m north west of Putson Cross
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1017132
Date first listed: 29-Oct-1999
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Mid Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: SS 98617 13990
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
The bowl barrow 260m north west of Putson Cross survives comparatively well, despite reduction in its height through cultivation, and its partial inclusion beneath the public highway. The barrow will contain archaeological information concerning the construction and use of the monument and also environmental evidence relating to the surrounding landscape.
This monument includes a bowl barrow situated in the valley of the River
Lowman 120m south east of a natural ford now crossed by a bridge.
The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 21.5m in diameter and
is up to 0.9m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature, which
measures approximately 3m wide. The monument is crossed by a road and ditched
field boundary on its eastern side. The surface and make up of the road and
field boundary are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
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: 32229
Legacy System: RSM
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS91SE52, (1987)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing