Bowl barrow on Affaland Moor 840m south west of Leworthy
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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- Date first listed:
- Date of most recent amendment:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Torridge (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SS 31718 00484
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
The bowl barrow 840m south west of Leworthy survives well forming part of a cluster of large mounds. Archaeological and environmental information survives within these barrows which together provide evidence for territorial control and land use in this part of Devon.
This monument includes a bowl barrow on Affaland Moor, a high upland ridge
overlooking the valley of the River Deer. This barrow is one of a group
of eight barrows which straddle this ridge; the remaining seven barrows are
the subject of separate schedulings.
The monument survives as a circular mound 23.8m in diameter and stands up to
0.6m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound
was derived is preserved as a buried feature 2.3m 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.
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- Legacy System:
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS30SW18, (1983)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing