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Two bowl barrows 185m east of Tamar View Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Calstock, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.5193 / 50°31'9"N

Longitude: -4.2688 / 4°16'7"W

OS Eastings: 239254.87191

OS Northings: 71288.653054

OS Grid: SX392712

Mapcode National: GBR NQ.JMB7

Mapcode Global: FRA 17YP.GR8

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 185m east of Tamar View Farm

Scheduled Date: 20 November 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004401

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 539

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Calstock

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Calstock

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Details

The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl barrows, situated on the west-facing slopes of a prominent ridge known as Hingston Down. The barrows survive as circular mounds, surrounded by buried quarry ditches, from which the construction material was derived. The western barrow mound measures 34m in diameter and up to 2m high and has two early excavation hollows to the north and south west. The eastern mound measures approximately 24.5m in diameter and up to 2m high. It has a central excavation hollow.

These barrows form part of a much larger dispersed group of similar monuments in the vicinity. These other barrows are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-436835 and 436838

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 partial early excavation, the two bowl barrows 185m east of Tamar View Farm 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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