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Bowl barrow 350m south of Broomhill

A Scheduled Monument in Northlew, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7581 / 50°45'29"N

Longitude: -4.1103 / 4°6'37"W

OS Eastings: 251251.136359

OS Northings: 97513.394284

OS Grid: SX512975

Mapcode National: GBR NY.1D36

Mapcode Global: FRA 2782.QHY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m south of Broomhill

Scheduled Date: 18 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015991

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28601

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Northlew

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Northlew St Thomas of Canterbury

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow lying in the south eastern corner of Ten
Acres field, overlooking the valley of the River Lew. The barrow is oval in
shape, measures 11.6m north to south by 10.65m east to west and stands up to
1.43m high. The ditch from which material was quarried during the construction
of the mound survives as a buried feature measuring c.1.5m wide. The eastern
side of the mound has seen limited damage as a result of road construction.
The scheduling includes a 3.5m wide margin which includes the buried ditch,
except on the eastern side where the line follows the foot of the mound.
Excluded from the scheduling are the fence posts, although the ground beneath
is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 limited damage as a result of road construction, the bowl barrow 350m
south of Broomhill survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and
environmental information relating to the barrow and the surrounding

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX59NW2, (1981)
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1995)

Source: Historic England

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