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Bowl barrow at Red Post

A Scheduled Monument in Launcells, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.8205 / 50°49'13"N

Longitude: -4.4675 / 4°28'2"W

OS Eastings: 226291.848538

OS Northings: 105231.705045

OS Grid: SS262052

Mapcode National: GBR K5.XQ2G

Mapcode Global: FRA 16JX.WXG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Red Post

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1975

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005438

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 950

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Launcells

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Launcells

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a ridge, overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Tamar. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring approximately 40m by 30m and up to 1m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

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

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-31848

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 in the height of the mound through cultivation, the bowl barrow at Red Post survives 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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