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Bowl barrow called Tregawne Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Withiel, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.4699 / 50°28'11"N

Longitude: -4.8202 / 4°49'12"W

OS Eastings: 199962.942813

OS Northings: 67138.179515

OS Grid: SW999671

Mapcode National: GBR ZV.QH4Y

Mapcode Global: FRA 07ST.9Y4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow called Tregawne Barrow

Scheduled Date: 29 January 1976

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004232

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 842

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Withiel

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Withiel

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the summit of a prominent ridge forming the watershed between two tributaries to the River Camel. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 24m in diameter and 1.3m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-430326

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. The bowl barrow called Tregawne Barrow 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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