Bowl barrow 470m south of Borough Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019316

Date first listed: 09-Feb-2001


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 470m south of Borough Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Holbeton

National Grid Reference: SX 60387 48952


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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 its reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow 470m south of Borough Farm survives well and will retain information about its construction and use. The surrounding ditch will preserve stratified deposits and the central burial is likely to survive.


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This monument includes a Late Neolithic to Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on the highest point of a south west to north east ridge, with wide local views in all directions. The barrow has a mound 38m in diameter and up to 0.7m high. An encircling ditch is visible on the north and east sides and is between 4m and 6m wide by about 0.1m deep. The mound is composed of stony soil with many fragments of white quartz. A group of three barrows 500m to the NNE is the subject of a separate scheduling.

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.


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Legacy System number: 33753

Legacy System: RSM


fieldwork by OS archaeologist, (1987)

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