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Bowl barrow 700m NNW of West Greadon

A Scheduled Monument in Bradworthy, Devon

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Latitude: 50.94 / 50°56'23"N

Longitude: -4.4409 / 4°26'27"W

OS Eastings: 228600.428822

OS Northings: 118454.015742

OS Grid: SS286184

Mapcode National: GBR K6.P4SL

Mapcode Global: FRA 16LM.FNZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 700m NNW of West Greadon

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1969

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016971

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32205

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bradworthy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Welcombe St Nectan

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated in an elevated upland location
on the watershed between two valleys of tributaries to the River Torridge. The
barrow survives as an oval mound which measures 32.4m long from east to west,
29.1m wide from north to south and is 0.8m high. The surrounding ditch from
which material to construct the mound was derived survives as a buried
feature approximately 5m wide. The field boundary which crosses the monument
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

Despite reduction in its height through cultivation, the barrow 700m NNW of
West Greadon survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and
environmental information relating to the monument and its surrounding
landscape. This barrow forms part of a dispersed group.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS21NE502, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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