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Bowl barrow on Affaland Moor 840m south west of Leworthy

A Scheduled Monument in Clawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7795 / 50°46'46"N

Longitude: -4.3883 / 4°23'18"W

OS Eastings: 231717.75249

OS Northings: 100484.347781

OS Grid: SS317004

Mapcode National: GBR NK.06LS

Mapcode Global: FRA 17P1.45K

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Affaland Moor 840m south west of Leworthy

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1971

Last Amended: 29 September 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017975

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30337

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Clawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Clawton St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow on Affaland Moor, a high upland ridge
overlooking the valley of the River Deer. This barrow is one of a group
of eight barrows which straddle this ridge; the remaining seven barrows are
the subject of separate schedulings.
The monument survives as a circular mound 23.8m in diameter and stands up to
0.6m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound
was derived is preserved as a buried feature 2.3m 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 840m south west of Leworthy survives well forming part of a
cluster of large mounds. Archaeological and environmental information survives
within these barrows which together provide evidence for territorial control
and land use in this part of Devon.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS30SW18, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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