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Bowl barrow 260m north west of Putson Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Tiverton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9164 / 50°54'59"N

Longitude: -3.4436 / 3°26'36"W

OS Eastings: 298616.58693

OS Northings: 113990.10407

OS Grid: SS986139

Mapcode National: GBR LK.QKG6

Mapcode Global: FRA 36PP.682

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 260m north west of Putson Cross

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017132

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32229

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Tiverton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Chevithorne St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated in the valley of the River
Lowman 120m south east of a natural ford now crossed by a bridge.
The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 21.5m in diameter and
is up to 0.9m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature, which
measures approximately 3m wide. The monument is crossed by a road and ditched
field boundary on its eastern side. The surface and make up of the road and
field boundary are 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 260m north west of Putson Cross survives comparatively well,
despite reduction in its height through cultivation, and its partial inclusion
beneath the public highway. The barrow will contain archaeological information
concerning the construction and use of the monument and also environmental
evidence relating to the surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS91SE52, (1987)

Source: Historic England

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