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HER Number:MDV1781
Name:Barrow 'B' in Crownhill Down Prehistoric Cemetery

Summary

Barrow 'B' is one of a group of Prehistoric round barrows or cairns on Crownhill Down. A
mound remains identifiable as an earthwork circa 8m in diameter on digital images derived from lidar data captured in 2013.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 571 598
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 438398
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55NE/1/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 759B

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1951, RAF/540/483, RAF/540/483 RS 4454-4455 24-APR-1951 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352103.

A mound is visible as an earthwork.


Department of Environment, 1970, Crownhill Down Barrow Cemetery (Schedule Document). SDV343785.

Crownhill Down barrow cemetry. Barrow (b) 18.29 metres from Barrow (a). Cairn with well defined edge. Diameter 8 metres, height.0.6 metres. Other details: Monument 759.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 170 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 5th September 1972. Cairn 3 metres diameter by 0.5 metres high.


Edwards, C., 1979, An archaeological survey of an area surrounding Hemerdon Ball (Report - Survey). SDV337241.

Site visited on 15th June 1979.


Department of Environment, 1986, Crownhill Down Barrow Cemetery (Schedule Document). SDV343786.

Crownhill Down Prehistoric cemetery Barrow (B). Other details: Monument 759.


Fletcher, M., 2002, The Archaeological Landscape of Crownhill Down and Ridding Down: Survey Report, 4 (Report - Survey). SDV343412.

Other details: Figure 3 and Crownhill Down Survey.


National Monuments Record, 2010, 438398 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV343789.

A linear group of ten round barrows plus three small mounds set on a similar alignment are situated on high ground with impressive vistas in every direction. The barrows lie in close-cropped moorland turf and little surface store is evident. Their average diameter is 9.6m and 0.5m high. The majority are round barrows with flat tops although one ring barrow survives. Most have been superficially disturbed.
Barrow 'B' at SX 57185985, perhaps a gutted cairn 8.0 metres in diameter and 0.2 metres high. Other details: Barrow 'B'.


NERC, 2013, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX5759 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013 (Cartographic). SDV361514.

A mound is visible as an earthwork.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

A mound circa 8m in diameter is identifiable as an earthwork on aerial photographs of 1951 at circa SX57195986 on the south-west facing slopes of Crownhill Down, overlooking Old Bottle Hill leat. The mound remains visible on digital images derived from lidar data captured in 2013. The earthwork is interpreted as a barrow of Bronze Age date.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 170.
SDV337241Report - Survey: Edwards, C.. 1979. An archaeological survey of an area surrounding Hemerdon Ball. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV343412Report - Survey: Fletcher, M.. 2002. The Archaeological Landscape of Crownhill Down and Ridding Down: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/31/2002. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV343785Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1970. Crownhill Down Barrow Cemetery. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV343786Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1986. Crownhill Down Barrow Cemetery. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV343789National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 438398. National Monuments Record Database. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV352103Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. RAF/540/483. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/540/483 RS 4454-4455 24-APR-1951.
SDV361514Cartographic: NERC. 2013. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor. Digital. LIDAR SX5759 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV1780Part of: Prehistoric Barrow Cemetery on Crownhill Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4559 - Archaeological Landscape of Crownhill Down and Riddding Down
  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Jul 24 2019 10:43AM