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Bowl barrow 690m north of Longwood House

A Scheduled Monument in Kingswear, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3717 / 50°22'18"N

Longitude: -3.5733 / 3°34'23"W

OS Eastings: 288213.878252

OS Northings: 53609.978377

OS Grid: SX882536

Mapcode National: GBR QS.Q5KW

Mapcode Global: FRA 38D1.XCL

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 690m north of Longwood House

Scheduled Date: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020159

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33793

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Kingswear

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Churston Ferrers St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a Late Neolithic to Bronze Age bowl barrow, sited on a
west-facing spur overlooking the estuary of the River Dart. This barrow is
intervisible with others across the valley to the west.
The barrow survives as a stony mound of irregular shape which measures 26m
from east to west and 30m from north to south. It survives up to 0.5m high
with traces of an encircling quarry ditch 3m wide and 0.2m deep, visible on
the west and south sides. It will survive elsewhere as a 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

Despite damage by ploughing, the bowl barrow 690m north of Longwood House
survives well and will retain information about its construction and use. The
surrounding ditch will contain stratified deposits and the central burial is
likely to survive.

Source: Historic England


MPP fieldwork by R Waterhouse, Waterhouse, R, (2000)

Source: Historic England

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