Bowl barrow 100m north of Lishaperhill
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Torridge (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SS 29485 07172
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
Despite reduction in its height through cultivation and some disturbance from the creation of field boundaries, the bowl barrow 100m north of Lishaperhill will contain both archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the surrounding landscape.
This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on an upland ridge overlooking
the valley of a tributary to the River Tamar; it also lies just to the east of
the canal connecting to the Tamar Lakes via the Bude Aqueduct.
The monument includes an oval mound which measures 14.6m long north to south
by 12.6m wide east to west and is up to 0.7m high. The surrounding quarry
ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is visible to the
south where it measures up to 2.6m wide and 0.1m deep; elsewhere it is
preserved as a buried feature. The barrow has been cut on the eastern side by
a ditched field boundary and partially cut by a field boundary which crosses
the monument on the northern side.
The field boundaries which cross the monument on the northern and eastern
sides are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these
features is included.
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
- Legacy System number:
- Legacy System:
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS20NE507, (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.
End of official listing