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Bowl barrow 530m south east of Duncombe Court, forming an outlying part of a barrow cemetery.

A Scheduled Monument in Charleton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.2772 / 50°16'37"N

Longitude: -3.7443 / 3°44'39"W

OS Eastings: 275805.0516

OS Northings: 43370.8456

OS Grid: SX758433

Mapcode National: GBR QJ.K3SD

Mapcode Global: FRA 3819.H2C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 530m south east of Duncombe Court, forming an outlying part of a barrow cemetery.

Scheduled Date: 9 May 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019789

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33777

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


This monument includes a large Late Neolithic to Bronze Age bowl barrow. It
forms an outlier to 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 five barrows to the
south form the subjects of separate schedulings.
The barrow is located on a gentle north facing slope with wide local views to
the north and west. It is composed of grey-brown soil with many blue slate
fragments. It measures 30m in diameter, surviving up to 1.2m high. The
surrounding quarry ditch is 9m wide and 0.2m deep.

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 caused by cultivation, the bowl barrow 530m south east of
Duncombe Court survives well. The mound and its surrounding ditch will
contain archaeological and environmental information relating to its
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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