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Kipscombe bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Bratton Fleming, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1404 / 51°8'25"N

Longitude: -3.8952 / 3°53'42"W

OS Eastings: 267515.3128

OS Northings: 139609.10773

OS Grid: SS675396

Mapcode National: GBR KY.8K1C

Mapcode Global: VH4MN.FLMN

Entry Name: Kipscombe bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1948

Last Amended: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016658

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32219

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


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a high upland ridge which
marks the watershed of two tributaries to the River Bray. The monument
survives as a circular mound which measures 9.8m in diameter and is 0.9m high.
The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived
is visible on all sides of the barrow and measures up to 2.9m wide and 0.1m
deep. An excavation trench measuring 2m wide and extending from the top of the
mound towards the south west is just visible. As a result the mound generally
slopes on the top in a south westerly direction.

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 and disturbance through
partial excavation, Kipscombe bowl barrow survives well and will contain
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and
its surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS63NE2, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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