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Bowl barrow 60m north-west of Tamar View Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stokeclimsland, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5193 / 50°31'9"N

Longitude: -4.2718 / 4°16'18"W

OS Eastings: 239042.69645

OS Northings: 71298.440829

OS Grid: SX390712

Mapcode National: GBR NQ.JLJT

Mapcode Global: FRA 17YP.FKR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 60m north-west of Tamar View Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1959

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003271

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 538

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Stokeclimsland

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Stoke Climsland

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the upper north-facing slopes of a prominent ridge, overlooking the valley of the River Tamar. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 21m in diameter and up to 2m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

This barrow forms part of a more widely dispersed group of similar monuments which are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-436832

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 60m north west of Tamar View Farm 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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