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Bowl barrow 240m south west of West Dyke

A Scheduled Monument in Clovelly, Devon

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Latitude: 50.986 / 50°59'9"N

Longitude: -4.4148 / 4°24'53"W

OS Eastings: 230600.94529

OS Northings: 123504.735551

OS Grid: SS306235

Mapcode National: GBR K7.L5F2

Mapcode Global: FRA 16MH.ZTZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 240m south west of West Dyke

Scheduled Date: 30 August 1960

Last Amended: 23 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017980

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30342

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Clovelly

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Clovelly All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow on a high upland ridge to the west of
Clovelly Dykes hillfort. The monument survives as a circular mound 26.7m in
diameter and up to 0.7m high. The surrounding ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried feature and now as a
result of ploughing lies under the outer edge of the mound. The barrow is cut
slightly on the northern side by a field boundary.
The field boundary is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath is included.

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 240m south west of West Dyke survives
comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information
relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape. This barrow lies
close to well preserved hillfort known as Clovelly Dykes.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS32SW4,

Source: Historic England

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