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Two round barrows on Shortstone Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Morwenstow, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.9277 / 50°55'39"N

Longitude: -4.4679 / 4°28'4"W

OS Eastings: 226663.6754

OS Northings: 117147.2894

OS Grid: SS266171

Mapcode National: GBR K5.PXMV

Mapcode Global: FRA 16JN.97N

Entry Name: Two round barrows on Shortstone Moor

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1958

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004618

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 465

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Morwenstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Morwenstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro


Two bowl barrows, 155m north and 200m north east of West View.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 December 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument, which falls into two areas, includes two bowl barrows situated on the summit of a ridge overlooking the source of the River Tamar. The two barrows survive as circular mounds with their individual surrounding quarry ditches, from which mound construction material was derived, being preserved as buried features. The western mound measures 24m in diameter and up to 0.8m high and the eastern mound is approximately 33m in diameter and 1.6m high. Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are not included because they have not been formally assessed.

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 some reduction to the heights of the mounds through cultivation, the two bowl barrows 155m north and 200m north east of West View survive well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, longevity, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:-32047 and 32050

Source: Historic England

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