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Bowl barrow 430m north west of Upcott Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Broadwoodwidger, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6931 / 50°41'34"N

Longitude: -4.2876 / 4°17'15"W

OS Eastings: 238524.089991

OS Northings: 90652.021475

OS Grid: SX385906

Mapcode National: GBR NP.5NHW

Mapcode Global: FRA 17X7.TNQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 430m north west of Upcott Cross

Scheduled Date: 23 January 1958

Last Amended: 9 February 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019545

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34263

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Broadwoodwidger

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a prominent upland ridge
overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Carey and with commanding
views to both Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
The monument survives as a circular mound which measures 35m in diameter and
1.1m high. The mound is surrounded by an outer quarry ditch from which
material to construct the mound was derived. This survives as a buried
feature measuring approximately 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

The bowl barrow 430m north west of Upcott Cross survives well, despite
reduction in its height through cultivation and will contain archaeological
information relating to its construction and use as well as evidence about the
local environment in the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX39SE4, (1986)

Source: Historic England

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