Bowl barrow 690m north of Longwood House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020159

Date first listed: 07-Mar-2002


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 690m north of Longwood House
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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: Kingswear

National Grid Reference: SX 88214 53610


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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 damage by ploughing, the bowl barrow 690m north of Longwood House survives well and will retain information about its construction and use. The surrounding ditch will contain 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, sited on a west-facing spur overlooking the estuary of the River Dart. This barrow is intervisible with others across the valley to the west. The barrow survives as a stony mound of irregular shape which measures 26m from east to west and 30m from north to south. It survives up to 0.5m high with traces of an encircling quarry ditch 3m wide and 0.2m deep, visible on the west and south sides. It will survive elsewhere as a buried feature.

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: 33793

Legacy System: RSM


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

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