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Standing stone 150m north west of Trewern Round

A Scheduled Monument in Madron, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1332 / 50°7'59"N

Longitude: -5.5946 / 5°35'40"W

OS Eastings: 143213.927

OS Northings: 32086.541667

OS Grid: SW432320

Mapcode National: GBR DXKB.B5B

Mapcode Global: VH058.ZX69

Entry Name: Standing stone 150m north west of Trewern Round

Scheduled Date: 8 June 1970

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003107

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 727

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Madron

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Madron

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a standing stone, situated on the upper slopes of the southern valley side of the river leading to Drift Reservoir. The standing stone survives as an upright earthfast monolith standing up to 1.9m high with a maximum width of 1.1m at the base and tapering upwards. The stone is of granite with protruding nodules of black tourmaline and white quartz which, it is suggested, have been artificially enhanced to seem more prominent.
The nearby round is the subject of a separate scheduling.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-424403

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs, ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds. Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones, which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways, territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds. Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. The standing stone 150m north west of Trewern Round survives well and will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its erection, function, longevity, territorial significance, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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