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Bowl barrow 550m south east of Croft Pascoe Pool forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Goonhilly Downs

A Scheduled Monument in St. Keverne, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.031 / 50°1'51"N

Longitude: -5.1651 / 5°9'54"W

OS Eastings: 173422.605103

OS Northings: 19339.412

OS Grid: SW734193

Mapcode National: GBR Z7.S2D0

Mapcode Global: FRA 082X.MLF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m south east of Croft Pascoe Pool forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Goonhilly Downs

Scheduled Date: 2 July 1959

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004380

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 569

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Keverne

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Keverne

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated close to the centre of Goonhilly Downs. It forms part of a dispersed round barrow cemetery. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 15m in diameter and 0.7m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.
The other barrows which form part of the round barrow cemetery are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-426593

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 cultivation, the bowl barrow 550m south east of Croft Pascoe Pool forming part of a round barrow cemetery 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

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