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Bowl barrow 100m north of Lishaperhill

A Scheduled Monument in Pancrasweek, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8389 / 50°50'20"N

Longitude: -4.4231 / 4°25'23"W

OS Eastings: 229485.167789

OS Northings: 107171.808193

OS Grid: SS294071

Mapcode National: GBR K7.WHB9

Mapcode Global: FRA 16MW.8NM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m north of Lishaperhill

Scheduled Date: 11 December 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020083

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34272

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Pancrasweek

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Pyworthy with Pancrasweek

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on an upland ridge overlooking
the valley of a tributary to the River Tamar; it also lies just to the east of
the canal connecting to the Tamar Lakes via the Bude Aqueduct.
The monument includes an oval mound which measures 14.6m long north to south
by 12.6m wide east to west and is up to 0.7m high. The surrounding quarry
ditch from which material to construct the mound was derived is visible to the
south where it measures up to 2.6m wide and 0.1m deep; elsewhere it is
preserved as a buried feature. The barrow has been cut on the eastern side by
a ditched field boundary and partially cut by a field boundary which crosses
the monument on the northern side.
The field boundaries which cross the monument on the northern and eastern
sides are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these
features is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 reduction in its height through cultivation and some disturbance from
the creation of field boundaries, the bowl barrow 100m north of Lishaperhill
will contain both archaeological and environmental information relating to the
monument and the surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SS20NE507, (1986)

Source: Historic England

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