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Three bowl barrows 310m west of Home Farm, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Charleton, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.2703 / 50°16'13"N

Longitude: -3.743 / 3°44'34"W

OS Eastings: 275884.599512

OS Northings: 42603.484443

OS Grid: SX758426

Mapcode National: GBR QJ.KJ4X

Mapcode Global: FRA 3819.X7G

Entry Name: Three bowl barrows 310m west of Home Farm, forming part of a round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 20 July 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019788

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33776

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Charleton

Built-Up Area: West Charleton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Charleton with Buckland-Tout-Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Details

This monument includes three Late Neolithic to Bronze Age bowl barrows,
scattered across a south facing slope on a SSE to NNW alignment, with local
views across the Kingsbridge Estuary to the east and west. The barrows form
part of a wider round barrow cemetery which contained at least 12 barrows in
all. Six of these are no longer considered to be of national importance as
they are ploughed flat, while the remaining three barrows to the north and
south east form the subject of separate schedulings.
The eastern mound measures 43m in diameter and survives up to 1.5m high with
an encircling ditch 10m wide and 0.2m deep. The central mound measures 35m in
diameter and up to 0.2m high, and the western barrow is 28m in diameter and
up to 0.5m high. Both of these mounds have encircling quarry ditches which
survive as buried features.
The road surfacings are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath is included.

MAP EXTRACT
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, the three bowl barrows 310m west of Home Farm, represent
an important group within a wider round barrow cemetery.
The mounds and their surrounding ditches will contain archaeological and
environmental information relating to their construction and use, and the
contemporary landscape.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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