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Bowl barrow 145m north west of Bodmin Lodge forming part of a round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in St. Winnow, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.4244 / 50°25'28"N

Longitude: -4.6441 / 4°38'38"W

OS Eastings: 212279.836003

OS Northings: 61628.668415

OS Grid: SX122616

Mapcode National: GBR N6.QLWP

Mapcode Global: FRA 175X.SMV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 145m north west of Bodmin Lodge forming part of a round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 30 January 1957

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004440

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 449

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Winnow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Winnow with St Nectan's Chapel

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the summit of a prominent branching ridge, forming the watershed between the Rivers Fowey and Lerryn. It lies within a small enclosure at a junction of two roads. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 18m in diameter and 2.5m high with the surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, preserved as a buried feature. Across the centre is an excavation trench.

The barrow was partially excavated by the Cambrian Society in the 19th century. It was first recorded in 1606 and the surrounding land was enclosed and turned into a plantation by 1907. It is known locally as 'Moiles Barrow'.

The barrow forms part of an extensive round barrow cemetery, and other barrows within it are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-1031163

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 bowl barrow 145m north west of Bodmin Lodge forming part of a round barrow cemetery, survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, territorial significance, longevity, ritual and funerary practices, social organisation and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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