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Round cairn 225m NNW of Tregonning Hill House

A Scheduled Monument in Germoe, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.1175 / 50°7'3"N

Longitude: -5.3538 / 5°21'13"W

OS Eastings: 160345.02733

OS Northings: 29546.64358

OS Grid: SW603295

Mapcode National: GBR FX5C.LGL

Mapcode Global: VH132.591R

Entry Name: Round cairn 225m NNW of Tregonning Hill House

Scheduled Date: 17 April 1980

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004611

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 1074

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Germoe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Breage with Godolphin and Ashton

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Details

The monument includes a round cairn, situated on the southern summit of the prominent granite outcrop of Tregonning Hill. The cairn survives as a circular, flat-topped stony mound measuring approximately 20m in diameter and up to 0.5m high. There are two early partial excavation trenches on the mound.

Other archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of a separate scheduling.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-425553

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. Despite partial early excavation, the round cairn 225m NNW of Tregonning Hill House survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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