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Bowl barrow called Condolden Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Forrabury and Minster, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.6529 / 50°39'10"N

Longitude: -4.7026 / 4°42'9"W

OS Eastings: 209048.718804

OS Northings: 87178.899754

OS Grid: SX090871

Mapcode National: GBR N3.89VD

Mapcode Global: FRA 171B.V26

Entry Name: Bowl barrow called Condolden Barrow

Scheduled Date: 1 September 1950

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004652

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 299

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Forrabury and Minster

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Tintagel

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the summit of a prominent hill, overlooking the valleys of tributaries to the River Camel and the coast. The bowl barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 26m in diameter and 2.8m high with a partially-buried surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived. The ditch measures up to1.2m wide and 0.5m deep. The mound has several surface hollows, probably the result of early partial excavation or robbing. There is an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar located on the top.

The pillar is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath is included.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-431931

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 partial early excavation and the erection of a triangulation pillar, the bowl barrow called Condolden Barrow survives well and occupies an extremely prominent location. It will contain 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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