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Bowl barrow 640m south of Killarney

A Scheduled Monument in Morwenstow, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.9065 / 50°54'23"N

Longitude: -4.4708 / 4°28'14"W

OS Eastings: 226377.044494

OS Northings: 114805.189573

OS Grid: SS263148

Mapcode National: GBR K5.R96L

Mapcode Global: FRA 16JQ.22F

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 640m south of Killarney

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004450

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 467

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Morwenstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Morwenstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a prominent ridge forming the watershed between the River Tamar and Lamberal Water. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 28m in diameter and 0.7m high. Its surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. The barrow lies on a parish boundary.

The barrow is bisected by a boundary hedge which is excluded from the monument, although the ground beneath is included. Other nearby archaeological remains survive in the vicinity, some of which are scheduled separately.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-32159

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 having been bisected by a boundary bank, the bowl barrow 640m south of Killarney survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, funerary and ritual practices, social organisation and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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