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Bowl barrow 620m north west of Highlands

A Scheduled Monument in East Down, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1722 / 51°10'19"N

Longitude: -4.0351 / 4°2'6"W

OS Eastings: 257823.0654

OS Northings: 143407.929848

OS Grid: SS578434

Mapcode National: GBR KR.6KKR

Mapcode Global: VH4MD.0SNR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 620m north west of Highlands

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1968

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017335

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32207

County: Devon

Civil Parish: East Down

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: East Down St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a bowl barrow in an elevated upland location situated
on the watershed between the valleys of two tributaries to the River Yeo. The
barrow survives as a circular mound with a diameter of 34.8m and it is 1.3m
high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was
derived survives as a buried feature approximately 5m 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

Despite reduction in its height through cultivation, the bowl barrow 620m
north west of Highlands survives comparatively well and will contain
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its
surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SE8, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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