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Bowl barrow 290m south east of Sunny Corner Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Grade-Ruan, Cornwall

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Latitude: 49.997 / 49°59'49"N

Longitude: -5.2013 / 5°12'4"W

OS Eastings: 170667.164683

OS Northings: 15673.895368

OS Grid: SW706156

Mapcode National: GBR Z5.6BSV

Mapcode Global: VH13Q.SBNM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 290m south east of Sunny Corner Cottage

Scheduled Date: 3 June 1970

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003050

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 697

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Grade-Ruan

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Ruan Minor

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a ridge towards the southern end of the Lizard Peninsula. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring approximately 16m in diameter and 0.8m high which incorporates a rock out crop. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

A quantity of stone cleared from the nearby fields has been subsequently deposited on the barrow.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-426608

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. 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. Despite subsequent field stone clearance, the bowl barrow 290m south east of Sunny Corner Cottage survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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