Bowl barrow on East Kimber Common, 670m west of Stoney

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018524

Date first listed: 16-Apr-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on East Kimber Common, 670m west of Stoney
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Location

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County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Northlew

National Grid Reference: SX 49129 97104

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 reduction in its height due to cultivation, the bowl barrow 670m west of Stoney survives comparatively well on a prominent ridge top location. Archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed survives in and under this mound.

History

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Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on the slope of a high upland ridge with commanding views to Dartmoor. Two further barrows lie on the summit of this ridge to the north west and are the subject of separate schedulings. The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 26.6m in diameter and up to 0.8m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived survives as a buried feature, although it is visible to the west as a flattened area which measures 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 32196

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, Gerrard, H., (1997)

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