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Bowl barrow 875m SSE of Bodrugan Barton

A Scheduled Monument in St. Goran, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.2512 / 50°15'4"N

Longitude: -4.7789 / 4°46'44"W

OS Eastings: 201985.816686

OS Northings: 42720.860983

OS Grid: SX019427

Mapcode National: GBR ZY.T81M

Mapcode Global: FRA 08WC.G1H

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 875m SSE of Bodrugan Barton

Scheduled Date: 13 July 1959

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004470

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 425

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Goran

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Goran

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a prominent coastal ridge overlooking Great Perhaver Beach. The bowl barrow survives as a circular mound measuring approximately 25m in diameter and up to 1m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-431115

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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of lowland Britain. 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 reduction in the height of the mound through past cultivation, the bowl barrow 875m SSE of Bodrugan Barton survives comparatively well and 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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