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Bowl barrow 280m NNW of Southernwood

A Scheduled Monument in Mullion, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.0091 / 50°0'32"N

Longitude: -5.2553 / 5°15'19"W

OS Eastings: 166855.768621

OS Northings: 17183.208468

OS Grid: SW668171

Mapcode National: GBR Z2.JGLJ

Mapcode Global: VH13P.V1LC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 280m NNW of Southernwood

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1959

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004398

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 533

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Mullion

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Mullion

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a coastal plateau on the western side of the Lizard peninsula, overlooking Mullion Cove. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring 14.5m long by 9m wide and is up to 1.3m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity of the monument and are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-425220

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 some reduction in the height of the mound through past cultivation, the bowl barrow 280m NNW of Southernwood 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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