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Doverhay Down round barrow, Porlock

A Scheduled Monument in Luccombe, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1955 / 51°11'43"N

Longitude: -3.5961 / 3°35'46"W

OS Eastings: 288565.889992

OS Northings: 145240.86311

OS Grid: SS885452

Mapcode National: GBR LC.4W8R

Mapcode Global: VH5K2.M66W

Entry Name: Doverhay Down round barrow, Porlock

Scheduled Date: 4 April 1949

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006191

English Heritage Legacy ID: SO 210

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Luccombe

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Summary

Bowl barrow 460m north east of Woodcocks Ley.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 30 July 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the upper north facing slopes of a prominent coastal hill called Ley Hill in an area known as Doverhay Down. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 9.6m in diameter and 0.6m high with its surrounding quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived preserved as a buried feature.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity but are not included in the scheduling because they have not been formally assessed.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Exmoor is the most easterly of the three main upland areas in the south western peninsula of England. In contrast to the others, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, there has been no history of antiquarian research and little excavation of its monuments. However, detailed survey work by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England has confirmed a comparable richness of archaeological remains, with evidence of human exploitation and occupation from the Mesolithic period to the present day. Many of the field monuments surviving on Exmoor date from the later prehistoric period. Examples include stone settings, stone alignments, standing stones, and burial mounds (`barrows'). Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating to the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 2400-1500BC. 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. Over 370 bowl barrows, varying in diameter from 2m to 35m, have been recorded on Exmoor. Many of these are found on or close to the summits of the three east-west ridges which cross the moor - the southern escarpment, the central ridge, and the northern ridge - whilst individual barrows and groups may also be found on lower lying ground and hillslopes. Those which occupy prominent locations form a major visual element in the modern landscape. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. The bowl barrow 460m north east of Woodcocks Ley survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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PastScape Monument No:-35831

Source: Historic England

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