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Bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation, 290m east of the Baptist chapel

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: Bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation, 290m east of the Baptist chapel

List entry Number: 1017677

Location

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

County: Devon

District: Torridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ashwater

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Aug-1923

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Oct-1997

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28648

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.

The bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the mound and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a wider distribution which includes several barrows situated in this part of Devon.

History

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Details

The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on a hilltop location which originally overlooked the valley of a tributary to the River Carey. The barrow forms an outlier to a group situated to the south, which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The monument survives as a circular mound which has a more prominent profile on its southern and eastern sides. It measures 17.5m in diameter and is 0.7m high. The surrounding ditch, from which material was derived to construct the mound, is preserved as a 2m wide 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.

Selected Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW4, (1983)

National Grid Reference: SS 40923 00546

Map

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