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Bowl barrow 420m north west of Dural Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Bradworthy, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9285 / 50°55'42"N

Longitude: -4.4283 / 4°25'41"W

OS Eastings: 229449.653848

OS Northings: 117150.564822

OS Grid: SS294171

Mapcode National: GBR K7.PVBH

Mapcode Global: FRA 16MN.6NF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 420m north west of Dural Cross

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1969

Last Amended: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016643

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32200

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bradworthy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bradworthy St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated in an elevated upland location
overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Torridge.
The barrow survives as a circular mound which measures 20.8m in diameter and
0.5m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound
was derived is partially visible to the north and west where it measures up to
4.3m wide by 0.1m deep. It survives elsewhere as a 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

Despite reduction in its height through cultivation, the bowl barrow 420m
north west of Dural Cross 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, SS21NE504, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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