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Bowl barrow 400m south of Home Farm, forming an outlying part of a round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Charleton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.2669 / 50°16'0"N

Longitude: -3.7385 / 3°44'18"W

OS Eastings: 276195.628752

OS Northings: 42209.80507

OS Grid: SX761422

Mapcode National: GBR QJ.KR9G

Mapcode Global: FRA 381B.CC5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m south of Home Farm, forming an outlying part of a round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 9 May 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019790

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33778

County: Devon

Civil Parish: 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 bowl barrow forming an outlier to a round barrow
cemetery of the Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age, located on the northern
edge of a hilltop overlooking a shallow valley with local views across the
Kingsbridge estuary to the south and east. Six other barrows to the north
form the subjects of separate schedulings.
This barrow survives as an earthen mound 23m in diameter and up to 0.8m high
with an encircling quarry ditch 8m wide and 0.15m 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

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

Despite some damage as a result of cultivation, the bowl barrow 400m south of
Home Farm 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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