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Bowl barrow 260m SSE of Zennor Quoit

A Scheduled Monument in Zennor, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1857 / 50°11'8"N

Longitude: -5.546 / 5°32'45"W

OS Eastings: 146962.119249

OS Northings: 37756.119576

OS Grid: SW469377

Mapcode National: GBR DXP6.2DG

Mapcode Global: VH053.TLDJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 260m SSE of Zennor Quoit

Scheduled Date: 18 March 1970

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004297

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 707

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Zennor

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Zennor

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the upper northern slopes of a valley, leading to Pendour Cove. The barrow survives as a roughly oval, flat-topped mound of earth and stones measuring 12m by 9.5m and up to 1.5m high with an uneven profile. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material for the construction of the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. The barrow lies within a small walled enclosure which is also included in the scheduling. The area is known as 'Burrow Croft'.
Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity and are scheduled separately.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-423307

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 260m SSE of Zennor Quoit 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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