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Bowl barrow 60m west of St James's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Luffincott, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7273 / 50°43'38"N

Longitude: -4.365 / 4°21'54"W

OS Eastings: 233176.785978

OS Northings: 94632.90233

OS Grid: SX331946

Mapcode National: GBR NL.3DMB

Mapcode Global: FRA 17R5.19C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 60m west of St James's Church

Scheduled Date: 11 December 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020476

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34275

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Luffincott

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Tetcott with Luffincott

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on an upland ridge overlooking
the valley of the River Tamar.
The monument includes as a circular mound which measures 15.4m in diameter and
up to 0.4m high, and a surrounding quarry ditch from which material to
construct the mound was derived. This is preserved as a buried feature
measuring approximately 3m wide. To the east this ditch underlies a field
The field boundary is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath it is included.

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, the bowl barrow 50m west
of St James's Church 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, SX39SW505, (1998)

Source: Historic England

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