Bowl barrow 520m west of Higher Welsford

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017138

Date first listed: 29-Oct-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 520m west of Higher Welsford
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Hartland

National Grid Reference: SS 27287 21218

Summary

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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 520m west of Higher Welsford survives comparatively well, despite reduction in its height through cultivation, and will contain archaeological information relating to the construction and use of the monument as well as environmental evidence concerning the surrounding landscape.

History

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Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a high upland ridge known as Welsford Moor overlooking the valley of a tributary to Seckington Water. The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 21.5m in diameter and is 0.5m 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. This barrow represents an outlier to a nearby round barrow cemetery which is the subject of a separate scheduling.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 32236

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS22SE29, (1982)

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