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Round barrow to the east of Darracott Moor, crossed by the B3232

A Scheduled Monument in Huntshaw, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9729 / 50°58'22"N

Longitude: -4.109 / 4°6'32"W

OS Eastings: 252021.439506

OS Northings: 121393.241161

OS Grid: SS520213

Mapcode National: GBR KN.M4VB

Mapcode Global: FRA 268J.YV4

Entry Name: Round barrow to the east of Darracott Moor, crossed by the B3232

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1970

Last Amended: 29 April 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012443

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13601

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Huntshaw

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Great Torrington St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Details

This round barrow is 35m in diameter and stands 1.05m high. As the
barrow has been affected by ploughing in the past any ditch may have
been obscured and the barrow may be broader and lower than originally
constructed. It is at present under grass and is bisected by the B 3232
road. The greater part of the barrow lies to the west of the road and a
smaller part to the east. The mound is built of clay and when partially
excavated in the last century, charcoal and the possible remains of a
cremation burial were found. The length of road which crosses the barrow
and the road boundaries are excluded from the scheduling but the barrow
beneath, which shows clearly as a hump in the road, is included.

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.

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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded
nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across
most of lowland Britain. Their ubiquity and their tendency to occupy
prominent locations makes them 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 organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are
particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion
of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.
The barrow is one of a small dispersed group which have demonstrated
considerable potential for the preservation of environmental evidence
both of a contemporary kind as well as of the pre-barrow ground surface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Doe, G, 'Trans Devonshire Assoc' in Report on Barrows (1899), , Vol. 31, (1899), 99-100
Doe, G, 'Trans Devonshire Assoc' in Report on Barrows (1884), , Vol. 16, (1884), 124-6
Grinsell, L V, 'Proc Devon Arch Soc' in The Barrows of North Devon, , Vol. 28, (1970), 119
Other
OS, OSA SS52SW2A - DCC SMR,

Source: Historic England

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