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Bowl barrow 150m SSE of Cartole

A Scheduled Monument in Pelynt, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.362 / 50°21'43"N

Longitude: -4.5441 / 4°32'38"W

OS Eastings: 219148.130782

OS Northings: 54438.803892

OS Grid: SX191544

Mapcode National: GBR NB.VGMP

Mapcode Global: FRA 18C2.PJD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 150m SSE of Cartole

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1959

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004373

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 560

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Pelynt

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Pelynt

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the unnamed river flowing towards Polperro. The bowl barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 27m in diameter and 1.1m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-432194

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. The bowl barrow 150m SSE of Cartole 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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