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Bowl barrow 530m south west of Gorvin

A Scheduled Monument in Hartland, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9491 / 50°56'56"N

Longitude: -4.4415 / 4°26'29"W

OS Eastings: 228594.812

OS Northings: 119469.002848

OS Grid: SS285194

Mapcode National: GBR K6.NJNF

Mapcode Global: FRA 16LL.MGX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 530m south west of Gorvin

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016646

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32203

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Hartland

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Welcombe St Nectan

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated in an elevated upland location
overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Torridge, and forms part of
a group of barrows recorded in this area. The barrow survives as a 1.8m high
circular mound with a diameter of 25.4m. The surrounding ditch from which
material to construct the mound was derived survives as a buried feature
approximately 4m wide.
The field boundary which crosses the monument from north to south is excluded
from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

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 530m south west of Gorvin survives well and contains
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its
surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a dispersed group recorded
in this area.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS21NE507, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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