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Bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation, 290m east of the Baptist chapel

A Scheduled Monument in Ashwater, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7826 / 50°46'57"N

Longitude: -4.2579 / 4°15'28"W

OS Eastings: 240922.256593

OS Northings: 100546.623794

OS Grid: SS409005

Mapcode National: GBR NQ.043D

Mapcode Global: FRA 17Z0.M10

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Cookworthy Plantation, 290m east of the Baptist chapel

Scheduled Date: 10 August 1923

Last Amended: 24 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017677

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28648

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Ashwater

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ashwater St Peter ad Vincula

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on a hilltop location
which originally overlooked the valley of a tributary to the River Carey.
The barrow forms an outlier to a group situated to the south, which is the
subject of a separate scheduling.
The monument survives as a circular mound which has a more prominent
profile on its southern and eastern sides. It measures 17.5m in diameter and
is 0.7m high. The surrounding ditch, from which material was derived to
construct the mound, is preserved as a 2m wide buried feature.

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 in Cookworthy Plantation survives comparatively well and
contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the mound
and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a wider distribution
which includes several barrows situated in this part of Devon.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS40SW4, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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