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Bowl barrow 320m east of New Moor Cross

A Scheduled Monument in East Anstey, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0125 / 51°0'45"N

Longitude: -3.6546 / 3°39'16"W

OS Eastings: 284025.142

OS Northings: 124984.031778

OS Grid: SS840249

Mapcode National: GBR L8.JKZ8

Mapcode Global: FRA 367F.N1X

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 320m east of New Moor Cross

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1959

Last Amended: 29 October 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017136

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32234

County: Devon

Civil Parish: East Anstey

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Molland St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated in a high upland location known
as Easter New Moor overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Yeo.
The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 34.2m in diameter and
is 0.7m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct
the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature, which measures
approximately 4m wide. There are two central circular depressions which may
represent excavations, perhaps in antiquity. The western one is 4m in diameter
and up to 0.3m deep. The eastern one is 5m in diameter and 0.2m deep. Further
barrows which lie to the south west on the southern side of the A361 are the
subject of separate schedulings.

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 320m east of New Moor Cross survives comparatively well, and
despite reduction in its height through cultivation, it will contain
archaeological evidence relating to the construction and use of the monument
and also environmental evidence concerning the surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS82SW1, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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