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Bowl barrow 500m north east of Lane End, Halwill Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Halwill, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7843 / 50°47'3"N

Longitude: -4.2189 / 4°13'8"W

OS Eastings: 243678.402091

OS Northings: 100651.444828

OS Grid: SS436006

Mapcode National: GBR KJ.ZT77

Mapcode Global: FRA 2710.Q5R

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m north east of Lane End, Halwill Moor

Scheduled Date: 14 January 1959

Last Amended: 7 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016222

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28645

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Halwill

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Halwill St Peter and St James

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated 500m north east of
Lane End in Halwill on a high upland ridge overlooking the valley of a
tributary of the River Carey to the south east. This area supports a
concentration of such barrows.
The monument survives as a 34m diameter circular, flat topped mound standing
up to 1.3m high. The ditch, from which material to construct the mound was
derived, is preserved as a buried feature, 2m 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 500m north east of Lane End survives comparatively well and
contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument
and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a wider distribution
which includes several barrows situated within this part of Devon.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW3, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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