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Bowl barrow on East Kimber Common, 670m west of Stoney

A Scheduled Monument in Northlew, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7539 / 50°45'13"N

Longitude: -4.1402 / 4°8'24"W

OS Eastings: 249128.867179

OS Northings: 97103.793998

OS Grid: SX491971

Mapcode National: GBR NW.1Y46

Mapcode Global: FRA 2763.4VF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on East Kimber Common, 670m west of Stoney

Scheduled Date: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018524

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32196

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Northlew

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Northlew St Thomas of Canterbury

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on the slope of a high upland
ridge with commanding views to Dartmoor. Two further barrows lie on the
summit of this ridge to the north west and are the subject of separate
The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 26.6m in diameter
and up to 0.8m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived survives as a buried feature, although it is
visible to the west as a flattened area which measures 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

Despite reduction in its height due to cultivation, the bowl barrow 670m west
of Stoney survives comparatively well on a prominent ridge top location.
Archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed survives in and under this mound.

Source: Historic England


MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, Gerrard, H., (1997)

Source: Historic England

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