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Foxhole Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Halwill, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7491 / 50°44'56"N

Longitude: -4.23 / 4°13'47"W

OS Eastings: 242780.456466

OS Northings: 96754.35034

OS Grid: SX427967

Mapcode National: GBR NR.25BN

Mapcode Global: FRA 2703.KVC

Entry Name: Foxhole Barrow

Scheduled Date: 14 January 1959

Last Amended: 13 September 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020369

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34241

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Halwill

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Halwill St Peter and St James

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 Carey. It is one of a dispersed group
lying along this ridge.
The barrow survives as a circular, flat-topped mound which measures 40.9m in
diameter and 0.9m high. The ditch from which material to construct the mound
was quarried surrounds it and survives as a buried feature approximately 3m

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 reduction in its height through cultivation, Foxhole Barrow survives
comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information
relating to the monument and its surrounding landscape. It is also one of a
dispersed group of barrows.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX49NW3, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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