Bowl barrow on Churchland Green 350m west of Coldharbour Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019320

Date first listed: 09-Feb-2001


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Churchland Green 350m west of Coldharbour 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: Aveton Gifford

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Loddiswell

National Grid Reference: SX 70444 52093


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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 the attentions of barrow robbers in the past, the bowl barrow on Churchland Green 350m west of Coldharbour Farm survives well and will retain information about its construction and use. Remains of the primary burial may survive and the surrounding ditch will contain stratified deposits. The barrow's use as a parish boundary marker confirms its antiquity.


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This monument includes a Late Neolithic to Bronze Age bowl barrow located on an east to west aligned ridge, beside a country lane. A crater in the centre of the mound, together with spoil heaps to the south and west, indicate that the barrow has been the subject of a partial undocumented early excavation, and give it a slightly ovoid shape. The barrow is 16m wide by 19m long and survives up to 1m high on the south side and 1.8m on the north. The central crater is ovoid in shape, open at the west end and is 7.5m wide from north to south, 8.5m long and between 0.9m and 1.8m deep. The southern spoil heap projects 2m from the mound and is 0.8m high, while the western one projects for 4m and is 0.9m high. A 4.5m wide by 0.1m deep encircling quarry ditch is faintly visible on the north side. A hedgebank to the east curves away to avoid the barrow. The modern road surfaces are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

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: 33757

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society' in The Barrows of South and East Devon, , Vol. 41, (1983), 27

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