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Bowl barrow 700m east of Highborough Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Morwenstow, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.9035 / 50°54'12"N

Longitude: -4.4748 / 4°28'29"W

OS Eastings: 226083.97207

OS Northings: 114476.336778

OS Grid: SS260144

Mapcode National: GBR K5.RG6L

Mapcode Global: FRA 16JQ.6HV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 700m east of Highborough Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1957

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004451

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 468

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Morwenstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Kilkhampton

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a prominent ridge known as Wrasford Moor which forms the watershed between the River Tamar and Lamberal Water. The barrow survives as a circular flat-topped mound measuring 32m in diameter and 2.6m high. It is surrounded by a buried quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-32162

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. The bowl barrow 700m east of Highborough Farm survives well and will include 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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