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Two bowl barrows 240m SSW of Wilsworthy Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Whitstone, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.738 / 50°44'16"N

Longitude: -4.4508 / 4°27'2"W

OS Eastings: 227160.5801

OS Northings: 96017.8139

OS Grid: SX271960

Mapcode National: GBR NG.2W0C

Mapcode Global: FRA 17K4.9TM

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 240m SSW of Wilsworthy Cross

Scheduled Date: 25 June 1976

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004665

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 983

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Whitstone

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: North Tamerton

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes two bowl barrows, situated on the summit of a ridge forming the watershed between tributaries to the River Tamar and Caudworthy Water. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches, from which their construction material was derived. The northern mound measures 43m in diameter and 1.8m high. The southern mound is 33m in diameter and 1.6m high.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity, some of which are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-436484

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. The two bowl barrows 240m SSW of Wilsworthy Cross survive well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, relative chronologies, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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