Two bowl barrows on Broadbury, 140m and 230m south of Oakfield


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017970

Date first listed: 14-Jan-1959

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Apr-1998


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows on Broadbury, 140m and 230m south of Oakfield
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Bratton Clovelly

National Grid Reference: SX 47859 95907, SX 47997 95806


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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 limited ploughing, the two bowl barrows on Broadbury survive well and contain archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrows and their surrounding landscape. These barrows lie in close proximity to a Roman camp.


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This monument, which falls into two areas, includes two bowl barrows situated on the prominent upland ridge known as Broadbury. The southernmost barrow survives as a 26.8m diameter circular mound standing up to 1.3m high. The northernmost barrow survives as a circular mound with a diameter of 24.3m and it is 1.1m high. In each case the surrounding ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, survives as a buried feature between 2.5m and 3m wide.

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: 30332

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX49NE7, (1981)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX49NE8, (1981)

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