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Bowl barrow 375m north east of Higher Eworthy

A Scheduled Monument in Germansweek, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7377 / 50°44'15"N

Longitude: -4.1995 / 4°11'58"W

OS Eastings: 244888.563506

OS Northings: 95432.587852

OS Grid: SX448954

Mapcode National: GBR NT.2T9G

Mapcode Global: FRA 2724.CQG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 375m north east of Higher Eworthy

Scheduled Date: 11 December 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020084

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34276

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Germansweek

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Germansweek St German

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow on an upland ridge overlooking the valley
of a tributary to the River Wolf.
The monument includes an oval mound measuring 24.7m long from north to south
by 23.6m wide from east to west and 0.5m high. A surrounding quarry ditch from
which material to construct the mound was derived is preserved as a buried
feature measuring approximately 3m in width.
A field boundary crosses the ditch of the barrow on its eastern side; this
boundary is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is

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 the partial cutting of
the ditch on the eastern side by a field boundary, the bowl barrow 375m north
east of Higher Eworthy survives comparatively well and will contain both
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and its
surrounding landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX49NW9, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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