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Bowl barrow on south eastern side of Darracott Moor, 750m WSW of Belle Vue Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Huntshaw, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9708 / 50°58'14"N

Longitude: -4.1109 / 4°6'39"W

OS Eastings: 251883.301413

OS Northings: 121161.231827

OS Grid: SS518211

Mapcode National: GBR KN.M4DV

Mapcode Global: FRA 268J.XZY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on south eastern side of Darracott Moor, 750m WSW of Belle Vue Lodge

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1970

Last Amended: 10 October 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013652

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13602

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


The monument includes a bowl barrow 22m in diameter and 0.6m high. The barrow
has been partly altered by ploughing in the past and is broader and lower than
originally built. A ditch around the barrow, from which material was quarried
during its construction has been obscured by ploughing. The barrow is at
present under grass and is cut through on its north side by a boundary ditch.
The barrow was partially excavated in the 19th century and an oblong central
cairn was found to lie over a flat stone, beneath which lay a cremation in a

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. 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

This barrow is one of a small dispersed group which is known from partial
excavation to contain archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
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
Ordnance Survey, OSA SS52SW2B,

Source: Historic England

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