Bowl barrow on Affaland Moor 780m north west of Forda Mill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017976

Date first listed: 26-Jan-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Sep-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Affaland Moor 780m north west of Forda Mill
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Clawton

National Grid Reference: SS 31962 00184


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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 780m north west of Forda Mill survives well and forms 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.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a high upland ridge called Affaland Moor, which overlooks the valley of the River Deer. It is one of a group of eight barrows which straddle this ridge; the remaining seven are the subject of separate schedulings. The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 27.5m in diameter and stands up to 0.9m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature 2.5m 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: 30338

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS30SW19, (1983)

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