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Bowl barrow 70m north east of Killarney

A Scheduled Monument in Morwenstow, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9126 / 50°54'45"N

Longitude: -4.4726 / 4°28'21"W

OS Eastings: 226275.714255

OS Northings: 115482.405713

OS Grid: SS262154

Mapcode National: GBR K5.QW7Y

Mapcode Global: FRA 16JP.FCZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 70m north east of Killarney

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003083

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 466

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Morwenstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Morwenstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a prominent ridge, overlooking the source of the River Tamar. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring approximately 32m in diameter and up to 1.8m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-32053

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 reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation, the bowl barrow 70m north east of Killarney survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices, longevity and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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