Bowl barrow 400m south of Home Farm, forming an outlying part of a round barrow cemetery

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019790

Date first listed: 09-May-2001

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 400m south of Home Farm, forming an outlying part of a round barrow cemetery
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Charleton

National Grid Reference: SX 76196 42210

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 some damage as a result of cultivation, the bowl barrow 400m south of Home Farm survives well. The mound and its surrounding ditch will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to its construction and use as well as the contemporary landscape.

History

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Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow forming an outlier to a round barrow cemetery of the Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age, located on the northern edge of a hilltop overlooking a shallow valley with local views across the Kingsbridge estuary to the south and east. Six other barrows to the north form the subjects of separate schedulings. This barrow survives as an earthen mound 23m in diameter and up to 0.8m high with an encircling quarry ditch 8m wide and 0.15m deep.

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

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Legacy System number: 33778

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
MPP fieldwork by R Waterhouse, Waterhouse, R, (2000)

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