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HER Number:MDV356
Name:Western Barrow on Darracott Moor, Huntshaw

Summary

The western of two adjoining bowl barrows visible as an earthwork bank with central hollow. The barrow forms part of a prehistoric barrow cemetery on Darracott Moor, Huntshaw.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 520 215
Map Sheet:SS52SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHuntshaw
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHUNTSHAW

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 33777
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS52SW/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 762
  • Old SAM Ref: 10501
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS52SW1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOWL BARROW (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Fowler, H. + Doe, G., 1867, On Opening an Ancient British Barrow at Huntshaw, 187-9 (Article in Serial). SDV339136.

Barrow A: partly cut into, composed mainly of clay with streaks of charcoal.


Doe, G., 1875, The Examination of Two Barrows Near Torrington, 102-5 (Article in Serial). SDV339137.

Further excavated. A small cist found beneath small cairn. Cist was empty but another adjacent to it contained burned human bones.


Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Western of two 'Tumuli' shown on 19th century map.


Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 120,122 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.


Doe, G. M., 1939, Address of the President, 47 (Article in Serial). SDV14615.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SS52SW1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV339138.

One of two stubble and grass covered bowl barrows ploughed down and spread with no trace of mutilation or of ditches. Diameter 23 metres, height 1.6 metres. Other details: Sketch.


Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 119 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

Visited on 6th April 1969. Arable. Barrow at SS52022159, diameter 28 paces, height 3 1/2 feet. Contained burnt human bones. Mound consisted of clay with streaks of charcoal around circumference was a stone capping, originally covered mound.


Department of Environment, 1970, Two Round Barrows 400 Yards South of Haycroft (Schedule Document). SDV4587.

Visited 16th March 1970. Two round barrows, each about 70 feet in diameter and 4-5 feet high. The mounds are practically contiguous, probably due to ploughing (a twin barrow structure is possible). Good condition. No ditch. Under cultivation.


Pearce, S. M., 1978, Devon in Prehistory, 47,50,57,60 (Monograph). SDV273286.


Department of Environment, 1991, Two Bowl Barrows South of Haycroft, Huntshaw (Schedule Document). SDV4588.

Two bowl barrows south of Haycroft. The monument consists of two adjacent bowl barrows, and of the ground lying between them. The barrow to the west is 23 metres in diameter and 1.6 metres high. Both barrows are probably broader and lower than originally constructed as they have been affected by ploughing which also may have obscured any ditch around each barrow. Built mainly of clay, and when partially excavated last century were found to contain charcoal, cremated remains and grave goods.


Turton, S. D., 1992, Archaeological Assessment of Deep Moor Pipeline, Great Torrington (Report - Assessment). SDV338510.


Griffith, F. M., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV339135.

Viewed from across the field to the east. Condition appears stable under grass.


Bayer, O. J., 1996, Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location (Undergraduate Dissertation). SDV319515.

Other details: Huntshaw 1 and 2.


Exeter Archaeology, 1998, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Extension at Deep Moor Landfill Site, Great Torrington, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV336178.

The two adjacent barrows are now practically contigious. 'Barrow A' is the most western barrow.


Manning, P. T., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Wind Farm Site at Darracott, Great Torrington, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV336228.


Young, A., 2005, Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project (Cartographic). SDV321540.

Transcriptions of a bank and pit correspond to the grid reference for PRN167382. Map object partly based on this source.


Young, A. & Turner, S., 2005-2006, North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records, PRN167382 (Interpretation). SDV358473.

A barrow is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs (p1). It is roughly 20m in diameter and consists of a sub-circular mound with a hollow in its centre, possibly the result of excavations in the 19th century. It has been digitally plotted as part of the National Mapping Programme.
Photograph reference:
1. RAF CPE/UK 2521 3060-4 22-MAR-1948


Slatcher, D., 2007, Deep Moor IVC: Desk Based Assessment, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV339133.

Part of a late Neolithic or Bronze Age barrow cemetery surviving as earthworks on Darracott Moor. Other details: Appendix.


English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 116 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.

Extensive significant problems, ie under plough, collapse.


National Monuments Record, 2010, 33777 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV344918.

Two symmetric grass covered bowl barrows. At SS 52022159 a bowl barrow 28 paces in diameter and 3 1/2 feet high in 1969. It was opened in 1867 and 1875. The mound consisted of clay with a few streaks of charcoal and burnt stones; around the circumference was a stone capping which had originally covered the mound. A presumably primary deposit was found slightly north east of its centre at a depth of 3 feet. It comprised a cairn 10 feet east-west by 12 feet north-south and 4 feet high, which covered two cists at different levels. The upper cist at the centre of the cairn, which was empty, was very roughly constructed. The lower cist lay to the west and was about 1 1/2 feet square and 1 foot deep, floored and capped by stone slabs. It was nearly filled with burnt human bones and the remains of a bag of cloth or skin.


English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West, 109 (Report - non-specific). SDV344777.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Western of two 'Tumuli' shown on modern mapping. Map object partly based on this Source.


RPS Planning & Development, 2013, Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm. Enviornmental Statement Volume 4. Annex 8.2: Desk Based Assessment, 9, 21; Site 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV357386.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV14615Article in Serial: Doe, G. M.. 1939. Address of the President. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 71. A5 Hardback. 47.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 120,122.
SDV273286Monograph: Pearce, S. M.. 1978. Devon in Prehistory. Devon in Prehistory. Paperback Volume. 47,50,57,60.
SDV319515Undergraduate Dissertation: Bayer, O. J.. 1996. Barrows in the Torridge District of North West Devon: A Study in Distribution and Location. University of Leicester Dissertation. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV321540Cartographic: Young, A.. 2005. Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project. Plot of Cropmarks. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88710 ]
SDV336178Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1998. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Extension at Deep Moor Landfill Site, Great Torrington. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.06. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336228Report - Assessment: Manning, P. T.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Wind Farm Site at Darracott, Great Torrington. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.78. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV338510Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. 1992. Archaeological Assessment of Deep Moor Pipeline, Great Torrington. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 92.61. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV339133Report - Assessment: Slatcher, D.. 2007. Deep Moor IVC: Desk Based Assessment. RPS Leeds Report. DLE 1052. Digital. 4.
SDV339135Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1995.
SDV339136Article in Serial: Fowler, H. + Doe, G.. 1867. On Opening an Ancient British Barrow at Huntshaw. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 2 Part 1. A5 Hardback. 187-9.
SDV339137Article in Serial: Doe, G.. 1875. The Examination of Two Barrows Near Torrington. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 7. A5 Hardback. 102-5.
SDV339138Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SS52SW1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 116.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 109.
SDV344918National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 33777. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV357386Report - Assessment: RPS Planning & Development. 2013. Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm. Enviornmental Statement Volume 4. Annex 8.2: Desk Based Assessment. RWE Npower Renewables. 6.4.8.2. Digital. 9, 21; Site 4.
SDV358473Interpretation: Young, A. & Turner, S.. 2005-2006. North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records. Cornwall Council Report. Digital. PRN167382.
SDV4587Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1970. Two Round Barrows 400 Yards South of Haycroft. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV4588Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1991. Two Bowl Barrows South of Haycroft, Huntshaw. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 119.

Associated Monuments

MDV358Related to: Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor (Monument)
MDV359Related to: Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor (Monument)
MDV360Related to: Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor (Monument)
MDV361Related to: Bowl Barrow on Darracott Moor, Great Torrington (Monument)
MDV14663Related to: Eastern Barrow on Darracott Moor, Huntshaw (Monument)
MDV362Related to: FARMHOUSE in the Parish of Tawstock (Building)
MDV12459Related to: Possible Barrow, Darracott Moor, Great Torrington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4280 - Deep Moor IVC
  • EDV7455 - Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Sep 13 2018 3:03PM