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Thorn Barrow 520m south east of Coop, in Highermoor Plantations

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: Thorn Barrow 520m south east of Coop, in Highermoor Plantations

List entry Number: 1017144


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

County: Devon

District: Torridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Broadwoodwidger

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 13-Oct-1999

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

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 32224

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.

Thorn Barrow survives comparatively well, despite disturbance through previous commercial forestry activities and excavations, perhaps in antiquity. It forms part of a group of widely dispersed barrows occupying the summits of most of the ridges in this area, where single barrows appear more commonly than groups. It will contain archaeological information relating to the construction and use of the monument and also environmental evidence about the surrounding landscape.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow known as Thorn Barrow, situated on a high upland ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Wolf. It is one of a number of single, widely dispersed barrows which lie in this area and are each the subject of separate schedulings. The monument survives as an oval mound which measures 49.5m north to south and 42.9m east to west and is up to 1.6m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature which measures up to approximately 5m wide. The profile of the mound is very uneven, and is slightly lower in the south western quadrant. There is also evidence of old excavations in the form of an oval depression in the summit on the north eastern side which measures 9.5m long north east to south west, 8m wide south west to north east and is 0.2m deep, except for a smaller area which measures approximately 3.5m in diameter to the north which is 0.4m deep. The field boundary bank which crosses the outer edge of the ditch to the north west is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

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

Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX49NW8, (1986)

National Grid Reference: SX 41814 95726


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