Round barrow cemetery 210m south west of Hillcrest, Centery Lane


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Scheduled Monument
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Ordnance survey map of Round barrow cemetery 210m south west of Hillcrest, Centery Lane
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

North Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SS 54191 42675, SS 54290 42817, SS 54314 42638, SS 54383 42721

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 height through cultivation, the barrows which form the round barrow cemetery 210m south west of Hillcrest, Centery Lane, survive well and indicate the variety of sizes which should be expected within a monument of this type. The barrows form a discrete cluster with a possible outlier to the north, which is the subject of a separate scheduling.


This monument, which falls into four separate areas of protection, includes a round barrow cemetery consisting of nine individual barrows, situated on an upland ridge overlooking the valleys of the Colam Stream and the River Caen. The nine barrows survive as circular mounds which vary in diameter from 15.2m up to 27.4m, and in height from 0.4m up to 1.2m. In all cases the surrounding quarry ditches, from which material to construct each mound was derived, survive as buried features measuring approximately 3m wide. The south eastern mound has been cut by a field entrance on its north east side and by the roadside hedge on its north west side and is essentially part of a field boundary.

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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Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW10, (1986)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW11, (1986)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW12, (1986)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW18, (1986)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW6, (1986)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW7, (1986)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW8, (1986)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SW9, (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.

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