Bowl barrow 400m north east of Common Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017770

Date first listed: 10-Aug-1923

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Mar-1998

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 400m north east of Common Farm
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Location

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

County: Devon

District: East Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Aylesbeare

National Grid Reference: SY 05656 91669

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.

Despite having been reduced by ploughing, the bowl barrow north east of Common Farm will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and landscape in which it was built.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow 400m north east of Common Farm near the summit of a south east facing spur which lies between Venn Ottery Common and Aylesbeare Common. The barrow mound has been reduced by ploughing and is no longer visible above ground level but it is known from previous surveys and was recorded in 1972 by Grinsell with a diameter of 13m and a height of 0.6m.

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: 29635

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society' in The Barrows of South and East Devon, , Vol. 41, (1983), 28
Other
Title: Ordnance Survey Source Date: 1953 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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