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Bowl barrow 470m north east of Dux

A Scheduled Monument in Bridgerule, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8066 / 50°48'23"N

Longitude: -4.4233 / 4°25'23"W

OS Eastings: 229350.978

OS Northings: 103581.74613

OS Grid: SS293035

Mapcode National: GBR K7.YH8B

Mapcode Global: FRA 16MY.W0L

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 470m north east of Dux

Scheduled Date: 11 February 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020082

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34271

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bridgerule

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bridgerule

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the watershed between the
valleys of a tributary to the River Tamar and a tributary to Derwent Water.
The monument includes a circular mound which measures 33.2m in diameter and
1.3m high. The surrounding quarry ditch from which material to construct the
mound was derived is preserved as an approximately 3m wide buried feature.

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

The bowl barrow 470m north east of Dux survives well and will contain both
archaeological information relating to the monument itself as well as
environmental material concerning the surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS20SE506, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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