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Bowl barrow 220m east of Rectory Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Halwill, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7688 / 50°46'7"N

Longitude: -4.2232 / 4°13'23"W

OS Eastings: 243324.175231

OS Northings: 98931.658592

OS Grid: SX433989

Mapcode National: GBR NS.0T74

Mapcode Global: FRA 2711.VZ2

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 220m east of Rectory Farm

Scheduled Date: 29 September 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017964

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30324

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Halwill

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Halwill St Peter and St James

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on an upland ridge overlooking
the valleys of tributaries to the River Carey.
The barrow survives as an oval mound 26.8m long from north to south by 23.6m
wide from east to west and 0.9m high. The surrounding ditch from which
material to construct the mound was derived survives as a buried feature 2.5m

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 ploughing, the bowl barrow 220m east of Rectory Farm survives
comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information
relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part
of a discrete group of dispersed barrows.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX49NW4, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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