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Five round barrows 570m south of Hope Cove, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in South Huish, Devon

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Latitude: 50.2372 / 50°14'13"N

Longitude: -3.8604 / 3°51'37"W

OS Eastings: 267423.981904

OS Northings: 39122.613771

OS Grid: SX674391

Mapcode National: GBR QB.NQ26

Mapcode Global: FRA 28SD.KW8

Entry Name: Five round barrows 570m south of Hope Cove, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 9 May 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019787

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33773

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 five bowl barrows of Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age
date, in a loose cluster on a north west facing slope. A short distance to
the south west, cliffs fall 70m to the sea with views along the coast to the
west. The remaining barrows within the cemetery, and a nearby hillfort, are
the subjects of separate schedulings.
The barrows are arranged in a rough north west to south east alignment, the
three to the north being in close proximity. The north western barrow is 25m
in diameter and survives up to 0.8m high, while that to its south is 30m in
diameter and up to 0.8m high. To the east of these is a third barrow 21m in
diameter and up to 1.2m high, while 63m to its south east is a fourth barrow,
36m in diameter and up to 0.9m high. A fifth barrow 66m to the west is sited
on a natural rise in the ground and is 16m in diameter and up to 0.3m high.
None of their ditches are visible, but these will survive as buried features.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts and service pipes, although
the ground beneath them 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

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 five round barrows 570m south
of Hope Cove represent an important group in an area where cemeteries are
rare. The mounds and their surrounding ditches will contain archaeological and
environmental information relating to their construction and use, as well as
the contemporary landscape.

Source: Historic England


MPP fieldwork by R Waterhouse, Waterhouse, R, (2000)

Source: Historic England

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