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Three bowl barrows 750m south east of Lower Brazacott Farm

A Scheduled Monument in North Petherwin, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.6904 / 50°41'25"N

Longitude: -4.4443 / 4°26'39"W

OS Eastings: 227449.5336

OS Northings: 90708.6189

OS Grid: SX274907

Mapcode National: GBR NG.5XZ2

Mapcode Global: FRA 17L7.SHG

Entry Name: Three bowl barrows 750m south east of Lower Brazacott Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 April 1975

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005440

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 952

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: North Petherwin

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: North Petherwin

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument, which falls into three areas of protection, includes three bowl barrows, situated on a prominent ridge forming the watershed between tributaries to the Bolesbridge and Caudworthy Waters. The barrows survive as circular mounds surrounded by buried quarry ditches, from which their construction material was derived. The north western barrow measures 32m in diameter and up to 1.4m high. The southern mound is 16m in diameter and 0.4m high. The eastern mound is up to 30m in diameter and 2m high and has a flat top. Surface irregularities may suggest early partial excavation.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-436574 and 436569

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 partial early excavation, the three bowl barrows 750m south east of Lower Brazacott Farm 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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