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Bowl barrow on Colaton Raleigh Common, 770m south of Hawkerland Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Colaton Raleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6836 / 50°41'1"N

Longitude: -3.3374 / 3°20'14"W

OS Eastings: 305609.462071

OS Northings: 87960.393189

OS Grid: SY056879

Mapcode National: GBR P6.0J9T

Mapcode Global: FRA 37W8.KLC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Colaton Raleigh Common, 770m south of Hawkerland Farm

Scheduled Date: 10 August 1923

Last Amended: 18 September 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018049

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29650

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Colaton Raleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Colaton Raleigh

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on flat ground on a
ridge between two east-west valleys. It is sited closer to the northernmost
valley being not more than about 20m from the steep valley side.
The barrow has a low rounded mound about 1.3m high. It is slightly subcircular
in plan with a maximum diameter of 12m. There is no evidence of a surrounding
quarry ditch. It is one of a number of recorded barrows on the commons east of
the Exe Estuary.

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 on Colaton Raleigh Common 770m south of Hawkerland Farm
survives well as a low mound. It will retain archaeological information about
the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society' in The Barrows of South and East Devon, , Vol. 41, (1983), 32
Pattison, P, RCHME Field Investigation, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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