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Round barrow 100yds (90m) north east of Mount Hermon

A Scheduled Monument in Grade-Ruan, Cornwall

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Latitude: 49.997 / 49°59'49"N

Longitude: -5.2098 / 5°12'35"W

OS Eastings: 170057.767574

OS Northings: 15696.005994

OS Grid: SW700156

Mapcode National: GBR Z5.68L9

Mapcode Global: VH13Q.NB4N

Entry Name: Round barrow 100yds (90m) NE of Mount Hermon

Scheduled Date: 1 January 1900

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004336

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 695

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Grade-Ruan

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Ruan Minor

Church of England Diocese: Truro


Bowl barrow 75m north east of Mount Hermon.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 8 December 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a ridge close to the southern tip of the Lizard Peninsula. The barrow survives as a circular feature of up to 18m in diameter of which approximately three quarters are preserved as buried deposits and layers and the remaining quarter stands as a mound up to 0.6m high. The surrounding quarry ditch is also preserved as a buried feature. It is known locally as ‘Moyle’s Barrow’.

Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of a separate scheduling.

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 having been cut by roads the bowl barrow 75m north east of Mount Hermon survives comparatively 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


PastScape Monument No:-426650

Source: Historic England

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