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Bowl barrow 125m south of St Peter's Church at Three Burrows

A Scheduled Monument in St. Agnes, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2803 / 50°16'49"N

Longitude: -5.1646 / 5°9'52"W

OS Eastings: 174632.074822

OS Northings: 47049.456369

OS Grid: SW746470

Mapcode National: GBR Z7.8GGM

Mapcode Global: FRA 0829.1S1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 125m south of St Peter's Church at Three Burrows

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1964

Last Amended: 8 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016057

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29605

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Agnes

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Mount Hawke with Mithian

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a large bowl barrow situated astride the property
boundary separating Burrow Farm from The Old Vicarage 100m south of St Peter's
Church at Three Burrows. The barrow mound stands 3m high and 18m in diameter;
it has formerly been ploughed around its edge leaving a vertical cut about 1m
in height all around the circumference. A central pit at the summit of the
barrow suggests antiquarian investigation or internal collapse. The barrow
lies about 400m west of the three barrows from which the area takes its name.
All fencing, fence posts, garden seats, a corrugated iron garden shed built
into the south west side of the barrow mound and a concrete retaining wall
against which the shed is built are excluded from the scheduling, although the
ground beneath all these features is included.

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 evidence for part excavation in antiquity, the barrow south of St
Peter's Church at Three Burrows is a well preserved example which will retain
many of its original features providing information about the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Perranzabuloe, , Vol. 2, (1963), 67
Chiverton Cross 1990, 1990,

Source: Historic England

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