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Bowl barrow 490m SSW of Tregatherall Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Forrabury and Minster, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6674 / 50°40'2"N

Longitude: -4.6723 / 4°40'20"W

OS Eastings: 211252.439605

OS Northings: 88705.995245

OS Grid: SX112887

Mapcode National: GBR N4.7CN9

Mapcode Global: FRA 1739.TTZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 490m SSW of Tregatherall Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 September 1974

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005435

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 946

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Forrabury and Minster

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Forrabury

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated close to the summit of a prominent hill, overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Valency. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 25m in diameter and 0.5m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. There is a small central hollow which may mark the position of an earlier excavation.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-434130

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 reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation, the bowl barrow 490m SSW of Tregatherall Farm 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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