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Bowl barrow 470m south of Borough Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Holbeton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3239 / 50°19'26"N

Longitude: -3.9626 / 3°57'45"W

OS Eastings: 260387.387973

OS Northings: 48951.52567

OS Grid: SX603489

Mapcode National: GBR Q5.Q1WX

Mapcode Global: FRA 28L5.N22

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 470m south of Borough Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019316

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33753

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Holbeton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This monument includes a Late Neolithic to Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on
the highest point of a south west to north east ridge, with wide local views
in all directions. The barrow has a mound 38m in diameter and up to 0.7m high.
An encircling ditch is visible on the north and east sides and is between 4m
and 6m wide by about 0.1m deep. The mound is composed of stony soil with many
fragments of white quartz.
A group of three barrows 500m to the NNE is the subject of a separate

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 its reduction by ploughing, the bowl barrow 470m south of Borough Farm
survives well and will retain information about its construction and use. The
surrounding ditch will preserve stratified deposits and the central burial is
likely to survive.

Source: Historic England


fieldwork by OS archaeologist, (1987)

Source: Historic England

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