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Four barrows 470m south west of Hope Cove, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in South Huish, Devon

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Latitude: 50.2391 / 50°14'20"N

Longitude: -3.8637 / 3°51'49"W

OS Eastings: 267191.026571

OS Northings: 39344.520514

OS Grid: SX671393

Mapcode National: GBR QB.NH6Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 28SD.JKN

Entry Name: Four barrows 470m south west of Hope Cove, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 9 May 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019785

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33771

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Huish

Built-Up Area: Inner Hope

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Malborough All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes three bowl barrows and one bell barrow of Late
Neolithic to Early Bronze Age date, on the crest of a rocky promontory 83m
high, jutting out into the English Channel. The remaining barrows within the
cemetery and an Iron Age hillfort at Bolt Tail Camp to the west are the
subject of separate schedulings.
The barrows are closely spaced with their outer ditches touching one another.
The bell barrow lies on the north side of the group. This survives as a
central cairn of small stones 32m in diameter and up to 1m high; a surrounding
berm is between 4m and 11m wide and falls up to 0.7m into the encircling ditch
which is 7m wide and from 0.2m to 0.4m deep. The outer ditch and berm have
been disturbed on the south west side by the construction of a bowl barrow,
comprising a mound of small stones and earth, 26m in diameter and surviving
up to 1m high with an encircling ditch 5m wide and up to 0.2m deep. To the
south, its outer ditch touches that of a second bowl barrow, whose stony mound
is 20m in diameter, surviving up to 0.5m high. This has been robbed and its
surface is uneven as a result. A third bowl barrow lies a short distance
to the east. This is larger, having an earthen mound 36m in diameter,
surviving up to 1.5m high. Its surrounding ditch is 7m wide and up to 0.2m
deep. An upcast bank 8m wide survives up to 0.7m high on its east side and
touches the outer ditch of the bell barrow to its north.

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 some damage and robbing for stone, the three bowl barrows and one bell
barrow 470m south west of Hope Cove represent an important group in an area
where cemeteries are rare. Their prominent position is notable and the bell
barrow is a rare type, both in the area and nationally. The barrows will
contain archaeological and environmental evidence for their construction and
use as well as the contemporary landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Worth, R N, 'Transactions of the Devonshire Association' in 7th Report of the Barrow Committee, , Vol. 17, (1885), 128
Worth, R N, 'Transactions of the Devonshire Association' in Report of the Barrow Committee, , Vol. 17, (1885), 128
MPP fieldwork by R Waterhouse, Waterhouse, R, (1999)

Source: Historic England

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