Bowl barrow 570m east of The Firs, forming part of a round barrow cemetery at Heathfield


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020074

Date first listed: 11-Dec-2001


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 570m east of The Firs, forming part of a round barrow cemetery at Heathfield
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Lamerton

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Milton Abbot

National Grid Reference: SX 45667 79631


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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.

The bowl barrow 570m east of the Firs, which forms part of the round barrow cemetery at Heathfield survives well and will contain both archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape. Bowl barrows are the most numerous form of round barrow, with over 10,000 examples recorded natioanlly. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds each covering single or multiple burials.


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This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a prominent upland ridge, which forms the watershed between the valleys of tributaries to the River Lyd, River Burn and River Lumburn. The barrow is part of a round barrow cemetery, nine other components of which lie to the west, east and south east and are the subject of separate schedulings. The monument also straddles a parish boundary. The monument includes as a circular flat-topped mound which measures 24.9m in diameter and up to 1m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is visible to the north, east and west where it measures up to 4.1m wide and 0.1m deep. Some possible slight traces of ridge and furrow representing medieval farming practice are evident across the mound and in the surrounding heath. These are not however included in the scheduling except where they impinge on the barrow.

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: 34283

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX47NE3, (1986)

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