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Three bowl barrows 170m and 270m east of Friendship Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Bratton Fleming, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1577 / 51°9'27"N

Longitude: -3.9161 / 3°54'57"W

OS Eastings: 266103.5682

OS Northings: 141574.7199

OS Grid: SS661415

Mapcode National: GBR KX.7CRV

Mapcode Global: VH4MN.25LB

Entry Name: Three bowl barrows 170m and 270m east of Friendship Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 November 1968

Last Amended: 29 October 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017130

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32227

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, which falls into two areas, includes three bowl barrows in an
elevated upland location overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River
Bray. All survive as circular mounds of differing diameters, and for each the
surrounding quarry ditch from which the material to construct the mound was
derived is preserved as a buried feature. The northernmost mound measures
17.9m in diameter, is up to 0.5m high and the surrounding ditch is
approximately 2m wide. The central mound is 12.7m in diameter, 0.6m high and
the surrounding ditch is approximately 2m wide. The southernmost mound
measures 29m in diameter, is 0.6m high and the outer ditch is approximately 4m

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 three bowl barrows 170m and 270m east of Friendship Farm survive
comparatively well, despite reduction in their heights through cultivation,
and will contain both archaeological and environmental information relating to
the construction and use of the monument and the nature of the surrounding
landscape in the Late Neolithic to Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS64SE35, (1983)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS64SE36, (1983)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS64SE57, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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