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Round cairn 135m west of Little Carnaquidden

A Scheduled Monument in Towednack, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1653 / 50°9'55"N

Longitude: -5.5354 / 5°32'7"W

OS Eastings: 147615.32293

OS Northings: 35461.885477

OS Grid: SW476354

Mapcode National: GBR DXQ7.M9L

Mapcode Global: VH12S.03JL

Entry Name: Round cairn 135m west of Little Carnaquidden

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1968

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004355

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 661

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Towednack

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Gulval

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a round cairn, situated on the eastern summit of Carnaquidden Downs. The cairn survives as a circular stony mound measuring up to 20m in diameter and 1.1m high. There are two central hollows on the summit which may mark the position of antiquarian excavation.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-423440

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds 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, 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 round cairn 135m west of Little Carnaquidden 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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