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Round 275m WNW of Nanterrow Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Gwinear-Gwithian, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2198 / 50°13'11"N

Longitude: -5.3726 / 5°22'21"W

OS Eastings: 159514.262133

OS Northings: 40975.928747

OS Grid: SW595409

Mapcode National: GBR FX33.9TP

Mapcode Global: VH12G.TQLW

Entry Name: Round 275m WNW of Nanterrow Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1977

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007303

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 985

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Gwinear-Gwithian

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Phillack

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a round, situated on the upper north facing slopes of a coastal ridge, overlooking the valley of the Red River and the dunes of Gwithian Towans. The round survives as a circular enclosed area of approximately 70m in diameter defined by a very slight rampart bank of up to 0.1m high. The outer ditch and internal structures, layers and deposits are preserved as entirely buried features, visible on aerial photographs as soil marks.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-425122

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Rounds are small embanked enclosures, one of a range of settlement types dating to between the later Iron Age and the early post-Roman period. Usually circular or oval, they have a single earth and rubble bank and an outer ditch, with one entrance breaking the circuit. Excavations have produced drystone supporting walls within the bank, paved or cobbled entrance ways, post built gate structures, and remains of timber, turf or stone built houses of oval or rectangular plan, often set around the inner edge of the enclosing bank. Other evidence includes hearths, drains, gullies, pits and rubbish middens. Evidence for industrial activities has been recovered from some sites, including small scale metal working and, among the domestic debris, items traded from distant sources. Some rounds are associated with secondary enclosures, either abutting the round as an annexe or forming an additional enclosure. Rounds are viewed primarily as agricultural settlements, the equivalents of farming hamlets. They were replaced by unenclosed settlement types by the 7th century AD. Over 750 rounds are recorded in the British Isles, occurring in areas bordering the Irish Seas, but confined in England to south west Devon and especially Cornwall. Most recorded examples are sited on hillslopes and spurs. Rounds are important as one of the major sources of information on settlement and social organisation of the Iron Age and Roman periods in south west England. Despite reduction in the height of the rampart through cultivation, the round 275m WNW of Nanterrow Farm will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, trade, agricultural practices, social organisation, territorial significance, domestic arrangements and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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