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Platform cairn 460m south west of Colquite Farm

A Scheduled Monument in St. Neot, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5327 / 50°31'57"N

Longitude: -4.6009 / 4°36'3"W

OS Eastings: 215773.643276

OS Northings: 73554.909803

OS Grid: SX157735

Mapcode National: GBR N8.HS04

Mapcode Global: FRA 177N.CF2

Entry Name: Platform cairn 460m SW of Colquite Farm

Scheduled Date: 4 September 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011710

English Heritage Legacy ID: 15030

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Neot

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Neot

Church of England Diocese: Truro


This monument comprises a small platform cairn, part of the Blacktor Downs
cairn group in the middle of Bodmin Moor.
This monument survives as a low circular cairn, 9m in diameter and 0.3m high,
with some of its stone content visible beneath its intermittently broken turf
cover. The cairn's flattened, irregular upper surface shows no evidence for
ever having been much higher, despite some recent disturbance in the central
area, and is considered to have originally formed a low flat-topped platform
of mounded stone, termed a platform cairn. The monument has not been subject
to any recorded excavation, the disturbed upper surface probably being due to
stone-robbing for wall-building. This is one of five cairns in the Blacktor
Downs cairn group, which lie 12-42m apart on the summit plateau, near the
middle of Bodmin Moor. The cairn group lies above a large unenclosed hut
circle settlement on the S slope of the Blacktor Downs, and its associated
field system on the SW slope.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been
recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The
quality and diversity of the evidence is such that the Moor has become the
subject of detailed archaeological survey and hence forms one of the best
recorded upland landscapes in England. Of particular note are the extensive
relict landscapes of Prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date. Together
these provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the moor from the
earliest Prehistoric times onwards. The well-preserved and often visible
relationship between settlement sites, field systems, ceremonial and funerary
monuments as well as later industrial remains provides significant insights
into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time.
Round funerary cairns were constructed during the Bronze Age (c.2500-700 BC)
and consisted of mounds of stone, sometimes ditched, which covered single or
multiple burials. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
visual element in the modern landscape. The considerable variation in the
size of cairn cemeteries and their longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early Prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative
of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection. This cairn is well preserved, has not been
excavated and is a member of a small group of cairns. Its importance is also
enhanced by its close spatial and broadly contemporary association with the
large and well-preserved settlement site and field system on the S and SW
slopes of the Blacktor Downs.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Trahair, J E R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in A survey of cairns on Bodmin Moor, , Vol. 17, (1978), 3-24
1/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1769,
consulted 1/1991, Carter, A/RCHME, 1:2500 AP trancriptions for SX 1573 (cons. 1/1991),
consulted 1/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1769.4,
consulted 1/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1843,

Source: Historic England

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