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Bowl barrow 230m north east of School House

A Scheduled Monument in Brendon and Countisbury, Devon

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Latitude: 51.2285 / 51°13'42"N

Longitude: -3.7612 / 3°45'40"W

OS Eastings: 277119.434165

OS Northings: 149173.762441

OS Grid: SS771491

Mapcode National: GBR L4.2WGR

Mapcode Global: VH5JS.RDG2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m north east of School House

Scheduled Date: 10 November 1950

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003839

English Heritage Legacy ID: DV 244

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Brendon and Countisbury

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Countisbury with Lynmouth St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the eastern side of Kipscombe Hill overlooking the valley of a tributary to the East Lyn River. The barrow survives as circular mound measuring up to 14m in diameter and 1.2m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived survives as a partially buried feature up to 1.3m wide and 0.2m deep. There is an excavation hollow on the summit of the mound which is likely to mark the position of antiquarian investigation of the barrow although no details are known.

PastScape Monument No:-35124

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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. 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. Despite reduction in the height of the mound though partial excavation and some cultivation the bowl barrow to the north east of School House survives comparatively well and it will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, use and landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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