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Two bowl barrows at Two Burrows, 200m north east of Fair-View Farm, Allet

A Scheduled Monument in Kenwyn, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2955 / 50°17'43"N

Longitude: -5.0968 / 5°5'48"W

OS Eastings: 179533.66937

OS Northings: 48532.9103

OS Grid: SW795485

Mapcode National: GBR ZC.6GBG

Mapcode Global: FRA 0867.XX8

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows at Two Burrows, 200m north east of Fair-View Farm, Allet

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1958

Last Amended: 25 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016055

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29603

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Kenwyn

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Kenwyn with St Allen

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes two plough-reduced Bronze Age bowl barrows situated on a
spur of high ground between tributaries of the River Allen to the north and
the River Kenwyn to the south, at Two Burrows, Allet. These two barrows
almost certainly gave their name to the area. The diameter of the mounds prior
to cultivation was in both cases 21m though they have since been spread; this
is particularly noticeable in the case of the south westernmost mound where
mound material has been spread to the south. The south westernmost mound
survives in height to a little under 1m whilst its neighbour to the north east
survives in height to about 0.5m.

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

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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. 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
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite having been reduced at some time in the past by cultivation, the bowl
barrows at Allet survive as recognisable mounds and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the period and landscape
in which they were built.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Kenwyn, (1965)
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Kenwyn, (1965)

Source: Historic England

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