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Bowl barrow 230m east of Trewirgie Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Lanner, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2105 / 50°12'37"N

Longitude: -5.2242 / 5°13'27"W

OS Eastings: 170051.074478

OS Northings: 39474.710477

OS Grid: SW700394

Mapcode National: GBR Z3.FYK6

Mapcode Global: VH12K.DZJ0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 230m east of Trewirgie Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 July 1977

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007305

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 989

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Lanner

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Lanner

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the summit of a prominent hill called Buller Downs. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 26m in diameter and up to 1.8m high. It is surrounded by a visible quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived. This is up to 3m wide and 0.5m deep. There is a central hollow on the mound which may mark the position of an earlier excavation.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-427589

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 partial early excavation, the bowl barrow 230m east of Trewirgie Farm 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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