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Bowl barrow 110m south east of Smallacombe Farm

A Scheduled Monument in East Anstey, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0156 / 51°0'56"N

Longitude: -3.6455 / 3°38'43"W

OS Eastings: 284667.456778

OS Northings: 125316.3506

OS Grid: SS846253

Mapcode National: GBR L9.J88B

Mapcode Global: FRA 367F.KL2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 110m south east of Smallacombe Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1976

Last Amended: 13 October 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017142

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32221

County: Devon

Civil Parish: East Anstey

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: East Anstey St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a ridge known
as Bussell's Moor overlooking the valley of the River Yeo.
The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 34.5m in diameter and
is 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 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 110m south east of Smallacombe Farm survives well despite
reduction in its height through cultivation and will contain both
archaeological and environmental information relating to the construction and
use of the monument and its surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS82NW1, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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