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Bowl barrow 140m west of Indicott

A Scheduled Monument in East Down, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1551 / 51°9'18"N

Longitude: -4.0461 / 4°2'46"W

OS Eastings: 256999.610561

OS Northings: 141527.437804

OS Grid: SS569415

Mapcode National: GBR KR.7GSS

Mapcode Global: VH4MK.T7BB

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 140m west of Indicott

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1968

Last Amended: 24 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016209

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30312

County: Devon

Civil Parish: East Down

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bittadon St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow lying 140m west of Indicott on
a high upland hilltop location.
The monument survives as a 23.2m diameter circular mound standing up to
1.1m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound
was derived survives as a 2m wide buried feature.

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 140m west of Indicott survives comparatively well and contains
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its
surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SE10,

Source: Historic England

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