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Bowl barrow on Affaland Moor 780m north west of Forda Mill

A Scheduled Monument in Clawton, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7768 / 50°46'36"N

Longitude: -4.3847 / 4°23'5"W

OS Eastings: 231962.416413

OS Northings: 100184.137212

OS Grid: SS319001

Mapcode National: GBR NK.07KJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 17P1.CKP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Affaland Moor 780m north west of Forda Mill

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1971

Last Amended: 29 September 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017976

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30338

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

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a high upland ridge called
Affaland Moor, which overlooks the valley of the River Deer. It is one
of a group of eight barrows which straddle this ridge; the remaining seven
are the subject of separate schedulings. The monument survives as a circular
mound which measures 27.5m in diameter and stands up to 0.9m high. The
surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is
preserved as a buried feature 2.5m wide.

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.

The bowl barrow 780m north west of Forda Mill survives well and forms 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

Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS30SW19, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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