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Three bowl barrows 350m north of Poldhu Cove

A Scheduled Monument in Mullion, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.0363 / 50°2'10"N

Longitude: -5.2652 / 5°15'54"W

OS Eastings: 166278.2196

OS Northings: 20232.1242

OS Grid: SW662202

Mapcode National: GBR Z2.GS0D

Mapcode Global: VH13H.PCC1

Entry Name: Three bowl barrows 350m north of Poldhu Cove

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004396

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 531

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Mullion

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Cury with Gunwalloe

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes three bowl barrows, situated above the prominent coastal cliffs known as Carrag-a-Pilez on the western coast of the Lizard peninsula. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by up to 3m wide buried quarry ditches, from which the construction material was derived. The southern barrow mound measures 12m in diameter and is 1.2m high. It has been cut on its eastern edge by a road, and there is a small early excavation trench on the western side. The central barrow mound measures 13m in diameter, up to 1m high and has a central excavation hollow. The northern barrow mound is up to 10m in diameter, 1m high and has a small central hollow.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-425569

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 early partial excavation, the three bowl barrows 350m north of Poldhu Cove survive well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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