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Bowl barrow at Beeswing

A Scheduled Monument in Mawgan-in-Meneage, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.0574 / 50°3'26"N

Longitude: -5.2062 / 5°12'22"W

OS Eastings: 170600.877566

OS Northings: 22401.24813

OS Grid: SW706224

Mapcode National: GBR Z5.2HJ2

Mapcode Global: VH13B.QT0C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Beeswing

Scheduled Date: 9 November 1950

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004499

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 324

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Mawgan-in-Meneage

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Mawgan-in-Meneage

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated in a garden on an upland ridge. The bowl barrow survives as a circular, stony mound defined by a kerb of stones measuring up to 12m in diameter and 1.2m high. It has been adapted as an ornamental garden feature within a shrubbery.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-427494

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 and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. Despite its re-use as an ornamental garden feature, the bowl barrow at Beeswing survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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