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Monument Number 34730

Hob Uid: 34730
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Parracombe
Grid Ref : SS6913044610
Summary : A Bronze Age bowl barrow on Parracombe Common visible as a well-defined circular mound. The barrow measures 12.7 by 12 metres in diameter and stands to a height of 1.2 metres. There was no sign of a ditch during field investigation in 1993. The barrow is clearly visible on aerial photographs and appears well-preserved.
More information : (SS69144461) Tumulus (NR) (1).

SS69144461. Round barrow 13 paces x 4 ft high, with traces of a ditch on the SW and W sides (2).

A bowl barrow 14.0m diameter and 1.3m high is apparently undisturbed and lies in arable land. There is a suggestion of a perimeter ditch to the west. Published survey 25" revised (3).

Centred at SS 69144461. A well defined, turf covered circular mound lying within improved pasture, and at the time of investigation under a standing frass crop. It measures 12.7m north-south by 12m west-east, and has a summit diameter of 4.6m. It is 1.2m high. Some stones lie on the surface of the mound, but these may have been placed there recently as part of modern field clearance. The largest stones are 0.8m in length. No trace of the ditch referred to by earlier authorities could be seen under the standing grass. (4-5)

The barrow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs, and appears extremely well-preserved. The ditch referred to by authority 1 is visible on photographs taken in 1952, but by 1972 has been obscured by ploughing and agricultural activity. The presence of the ditch indicates that this a classic ditched bowl barrow (7-8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : Devon Archaeological Society proceedings
Source details : (Grinsell)
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Vol(s) : 208, 1970
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 MHB 15-AUG-72
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Wilson-North WR 24-JUN-93, RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 5
Source : South Common, SS 64 SE 20, 21, 22, 25, 46, 47, 54/ink survey
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Source Number : 7
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 543/931 3046-47 08-NOV-1952
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Source Number : 8
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/72314 287-88 16-AUG-1972
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Bowl Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 2086
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 630
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External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MDE1063
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 64 SE 21
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 64 SE 21
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-08-15
End Date : 1972-08-15
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01