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Bowl barrow 510m north east of Outer Narracott Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Berrynarbor, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1739 / 51°10'25"N

Longitude: -4.0732 / 4°4'23"W

OS Eastings: 255165.675127

OS Northings: 143670.39705

OS Grid: SS551436

Mapcode National: GBR KQ.67Y6

Mapcode Global: VH4MC.CR0G

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 510m north east of Outer Narracott Farm

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1968

Last Amended: 13 September 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019254

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34243

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Berrynarbor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bittadon St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a bowl barrow on a prominent upland ridge overlooking
the valley of a tributary to the Colam Stream. It is possible that it forms an
outlier to the round barrow cemetery to the south west. It is also one of a
dispersed group of barrows lying along this ridge.
The barrow survives as a circular mound, 16m in diameter and 0.8m high. The
surrounding ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is
preserved as a buried feature which measures approximately 3m wide.
The field boundary which lies immediately to the east of the barrow though
within its 2m protective margin 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 reduction in its height through cultivation, the bowl barrow 510m
north east of Outer Narracott Farm survives comparatively well and contains
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its
surrounding landscape. It is also one of a dispersed group of barrows, and may
be an outlier to a nearby round barrow cemetery.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS54SE4, (1983)

Source: Historic England

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