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Bowl barrow 660m north east of Tresoke

A Scheduled Monument in Otterham, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.6616 / 50°39'41"N

Longitude: -4.5888 / 4°35'19"W

OS Eastings: 217130.973517

OS Northings: 87850.86962

OS Grid: SX171878

Mapcode National: GBR N8.7P3R

Mapcode Global: FRA 178B.B3P

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 660m north east of Tresoke

Scheduled Date: 12 April 1957

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004448

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 463

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Otterham

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Davidstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the summit of a prominent ridge which forms the watershed between tributaries to the Rivers Inny, Valency and Ottery. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 22m in diameter and 0.8m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. The field in which it stands was called 'Burrow Down' by 1838.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-434061

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 its original height through past cultivation, the bowl barrow 660m north east of Tresoke, survives well and occupies a prominent location. It will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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