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Kerbed cairn 660m WNW of Foage Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Zennor, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1844 / 50°11'3"N

Longitude: -5.5618 / 5°33'42"W

OS Eastings: 145828.538752

OS Northings: 37668.919822

OS Grid: SW458376

Mapcode National: GBR DXN6.15C

Mapcode Global: VH053.KM1H

Entry Name: Kerbed cairn 660m WNW of Foage Farm

Scheduled Date: 18 March 1970

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004298

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 708

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 kerbed cairn, situated close to the summit of Trewey Hill. The cairn survives as a circular mound of earth and stone, incorporating a natural rock out crop. It measures up to 2.3m high and has a partial retaining kerb of large stones and a possible central cist. An early excavation hollow is apparent on the south east side.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-423358

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Kerbed cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds defined by an outer kerb of upright stones or walling covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, kerbed cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. Despite partial early excavation, the kerbed cairn 660m WNW of Foage 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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