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Bowl barrow 130m north east of Burston Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Zeal Monachorum, Devon

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Latitude: 50.802 / 50°48'7"N

Longitude: -3.8243 / 3°49'27"W

OS Eastings: 271538.169895

OS Northings: 101858.456115

OS Grid: SS715018

Mapcode National: GBR L1.YYSM

Mapcode Global: FRA 26WZ.7WP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 130m north east of Burston Cross

Scheduled Date: 20 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015152

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28611

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Zeal Monachorum

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Zeal Monachorum St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated in the valley bottom of the
River Yeo. The barrow survives as an oval mound which measures 32.3m long
from north to south by 29.7m wide from east to west and is 1.2m high. The
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the mound
surrounds the barrow and is preserved as a buried feature c.4m wide.

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

The bowl barrow 130m north east of Burston Cross survives well and contains
archaeological and environmental information relating to the barrow and its
surrounding landscape. The location of this barrow in its position in a valley
bottom is unusual.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS70SW21, (1990)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1995)

Source: Historic England

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