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Bowl barrow 620m north of Higher Eworthy

A Scheduled Monument in Germansweek, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7408 / 50°44'26"N

Longitude: -4.2056 / 4°12'20"W

OS Eastings: 244470.287331

OS Northings: 95784.518006

OS Grid: SX444957

Mapcode National: GBR NS.2RKZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 2724.3C7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 620m north of Higher Eworthy

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1957

Last Amended: 23 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017971

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30333

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Germansweek

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Germansweek St German

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a hill
overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Wolf.
The monument survives as a slightly oval 1.9m high mound which measures 26.8m
long from east to west and 24.3m wide from north to south. A hollow in the
centre suggests partial excavation, probably in antiquity. The surrounding
ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a
buried feature 3.5m wide.
A stock proof fence which crosses the southern part of the monument is
excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite some evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow 620m north of
Higher Eworthy survives well in a prominent location and contains
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
surrounding landscape. This barrow forms part of a dispersed cluster of
barrows.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX49NW7, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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