Bowl barrow 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross, forming part of a round barrow cemetery
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1018527
Date first listed: 15-Feb-1999
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Torridge (District Authority)
Parish: Buckland Brewer
National Grid Reference: SS 38520 17634
Reasons for Designation
Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.
Despite reduction in its height due to cultivation, the bowl barrow 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross survives comparatively well and forms part of a well preserved and extensive round barrow cemetery in a prominent ridge top location. Archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed will survive in and under this mound.
This monument includes a bowl barrow situated 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross
on a high upland ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River
Torridge. It forms part of a round barrow cemetery which has clusters of
barrows to the west and south west which are the subject of separate
The monument survives as a circular mound measuring 22.5m in diameter and
standing up to 0.4m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.
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: 32199
Legacy System: RSM
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS31NE19, (1986)
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