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Bowl barrow on Dart Raffe Moor lying 285m south west of Broadridge Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Witheridge, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9382 / 50°56'17"N

Longitude: -3.7137 / 3°42'49"W

OS Eastings: 279687.485087

OS Northings: 116809.818936

OS Grid: SS796168

Mapcode National: GBR L6.P901

Mapcode Global: FRA 363M.H22

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Dart Raffe Moor lying 285m south west of Broadridge Farm

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1966

Last Amended: 18 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015151

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28610

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Witheridge

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Witheridge with Creacombe

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on Dart Raffe Moor in a
prominent location overlooking the valley of the Little Dart River which
forms part of a cluster of at least three barrows. The barrow survives as a
circular mound 36.7m in diameter and 1.7m high. A slight hollow in the centre
of the mound may represent the site of an early part excavation or robbing.
The ditch from which material was quarried to construct the mound surrounds
the barrow and is preserved as a buried feature c.4.5m wide.
Two other barrows lying to the south west are the subject of separate
schedulings (SM 28608 and SM 28609).

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

Despite the possibility of part excavation, the bowl barrow on Dart Raffe Moor
lying 285m south west of Broadridge Farm survives well and contains
archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and its
surrounding landscape.
This barrow forms part of a group of three lying in a prominent visual

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS71NE8, (1982)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1995)

Source: Historic England

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