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Bowl barrow 660m south west of Woodland Barton

A Scheduled Monument in North Huish, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4032 / 50°24'11"N

Longitude: -3.829 / 3°49'44"W

OS Eastings: 270118.178259

OS Northings: 57517.83284

OS Grid: SX701575

Mapcode National: GBR QD.Q03N

Mapcode Global: FRA 27WZ.D44

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 660m south west of Woodland Barton

Scheduled Date: 7 August 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019319

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33756

County: Devon

Civil Parish: North Huish

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ugborough St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a large Late Neolithic to Bronze Age bowl barrow,
sited on the end of a north west to south east spur, with broad views to the
south and east. The mound is unusually well-preserved and is oval in form,
being 47m wide from east to west by 62m from north to south. It is 3m high and
has traces on its west side of an encircling ditch, which is 6m wide and 0.2m
deep. An outer bank also survives on the western side. This is 6m wide and
stands up to 0.2m high. A hedgebank crosses the north side and beyond it,
a large quarry pit has cut into the barrow. This is 33m wide from east
to west, by 23m north to south and 2m deep. A low waste tip, measuring 17m
wide by 0.8m high, lies on the barrow's eastern side.
A building within the quarry pit is excluded from the scheduling although the
ground beneath it 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 disturbance as a result of localised quarrying, the bowl barrow 660m
south west of Woodland Barton survives very well, and will retain information
about its construction and use. The barrow's quarry ditch will retain
stratified deposits, while the primary burial is likely to be intact. Buried
remains will also survive beneath and between the areas disturbed by later
quarrying. Barrows of this size are uncommon in Devon, this one having the
highest mound in the region.

Source: Historic England


MPP fieldwork by R Robinson, (1988)
MPP fieldwork by R Waterhouse, (1999)

Source: Historic England

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