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Bowl barrow 210m NNE of Holifield Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Gweek, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.0983 / 50°5'53"N

Longitude: -5.2006 / 5°12'2"W

OS Eastings: 171197.256596

OS Northings: 26929.122488

OS Grid: SW711269

Mapcode National: GBR Z4.ZYTD

Mapcode Global: VH134.SSZJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 210m NNE of Holifield Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1965

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004370

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 626

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Gweek

Built-Up Area: Gweek

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Constantine

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the south-facing upper slopes of a prominent ridge, overlooking the valley of the Helford River. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring up to 18.5m north to south by 16m east to west and 1m high. Its surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-427091

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 reduction in the height of the mound through past cultivation, the bowl barrow 210 NNE of Holifield 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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