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Bowl barrow 100m south east of Knightacott Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Bratton Fleming, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1369 / 51°8'12"N

Longitude: -3.9132 / 3°54'47"W

OS Eastings: 266242.276931

OS Northings: 139252.902402

OS Grid: SS662392

Mapcode National: GBR KY.8LGN

Mapcode Global: VH4MN.4P2B

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m south east of Knightacott Cross

Scheduled Date: 20 May 1968

Last Amended: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016655

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32215

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bratton Fleming

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bratton Fleming St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a prominent upland ridge
known as Bratton Down. It forms part of a dispersed group recorded in this
area. The monument survives as an oval mound which measures 27.1m long from
north west to south east, 23.3m wide from north east to south west and is
0.7m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound
was derived is partially visible on the eastern side where it measures up to
3.4m wide and 0.2m deep; elsewhere it survives 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

The bowl barrow 100m south east of Knightacott Cross survives comparatively
well and forms part of a dispersed group. It will contain both archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to the monument and its surrounding

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS63NE4, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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