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Bowl barrow 180m north of the Merry Maidens Stone Circle

A Scheduled Monument in St. Buryan, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.0668 / 50°4'0"N

Longitude: -5.5889 / 5°35'19"W

OS Eastings: 143269.639752

OS Northings: 24687.6436

OS Grid: SW432246

Mapcode National: GBR DXLH.SXG

Mapcode Global: VH05P.2LR5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 180m north of the Merry Maidens Stone Circle

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1970

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004358

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 669

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Buryan

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Buryan

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the summit of a ridge, overlooking the Lamorna Valley. The barrow survives as a circular mound of up to 18m in diameter and 1.6m high with its surrounding quarry ditch, from which the material to construct the mound was derived, being preserved as a buried feature. An early excavation trench curves across the barrow and a retaining wall which once formed part of a field boundary is still visible to the south, although the rest of this field boundary was removed by 1962. The barrow was first recorded by Borlase in 1872 who stated that an urn was found in the barrow and sent to the then Lord Falmouth.
Other archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of separate schedulings.


PastScape Monument No:-422964

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 partial early excavation, the bowl barrow 180m north of the Merry Maidens Stone Circle survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices, relationships with other closely associated monuments and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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