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Bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Bow, Devon

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Latitude: 50.799 / 50°47'56"N

Longitude: -3.8281 / 3°49'41"W

OS Eastings: 271263.150534

OS Northings: 101531.360525

OS Grid: SS712015

Mapcode National: GBR L1.YXPV

Mapcode Global: FRA 26WZ.DFN

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage

Scheduled Date: 21 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015474

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28635

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bow

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bow (or Nymet Tracey) with Broad Nymet

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage, Bow.
The monument is situated on a ridge between the valleys of the River Yeo to
the south and the Venn Lake to the north. It forms part of a complex of ritual
and funerary monuments concentrated around the village of Bow. It is
associated with the placename `Nymett' which has significance to sacred Celtic
The barrow survives as a circular mound which has a diameter of 12.4m and
is 0.2m high. The ditch from which material to construct the mound was
quarried survives as a buried feature which is clearly visible on aerial
Many of the other funerary and ritual monuments in the area are the subject of
separate schedulings.

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 plough damage, the bowl barrow 220m south west of Hampson Cottage
survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental
information relating to the mound and its surrounding landscape. This mound
forms part of a cluster of funerary and ritual monuments situated close to the
present day village of Bow.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Griffith, F M, 'Prehistoric Society Proceedings' in Some Newly Discovered Ritual Monuments in Mid Devon, , Vol. 51, (1985), 314
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS70SW126, (1991)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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