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Bowl barrow 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in East Putford, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9355 / 50°56'7"N

Longitude: -4.2995 / 4°17'58"W

OS Eastings: 238519.734523

OS Northings: 117634.431489

OS Grid: SS385176

Mapcode National: GBR KD.PBMM

Mapcode Global: FRA 16WM.NT5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 15 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018527

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32199

County: Devon

Civil Parish: East Putford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Buckland Brewer

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated 130m north of Wrangworthy Cross
on a high upland ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River
Torridge. It forms part of a round barrow cemetery which has clusters of
barrows to the west and south west which are the subject of separate
schedulings.
The monument survives as a circular mound measuring 22.5m in diameter and
standing up to 0.4m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Despite reduction in its height due to cultivation, the bowl barrow 130m north
of Wrangworthy Cross survives comparatively well and forms part of a well
preserved and extensive round barrow cemetery in a prominent ridge top
location. Archaeological and environmental information relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed will survive in and
under this mound.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS31NE19, (1986)

Source: Historic England

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