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Bowl barrow immediately north west of Mingoose Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in St. Agnes, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2915 / 50°17'29"N

Longitude: -5.1915 / 5°11'29"W

OS Eastings: 172767.019392

OS Northings: 48375.842322

OS Grid: SW727483

Mapcode National: GBR Z5.XMDZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 0808.9UN

Entry Name: Bowl barrow immediately north west of Mingoose Plantation

Scheduled Date: 21 December 1976

Last Amended: 24 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016059

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29608

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 bowl barrow situated just north west of Mingoose
Plantation. The barrow mound stands 2.4m high with a flat-topped appearance
and a slight central depression; it has a diameter of 20m and is immediately
adjacent to a hedge on its south east side. There are no indications of a
surrounding ditch.
All fencing along the inside edge of the hedge which borders the barrow on its
south east side is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath
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

The barrow north west of Mingoose Plantation survives well and is located in a
commanding position in relation to the surrounding landscape. It will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was built. This is one of a group of three barrows
recorded in the vicinity.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Carew, R, Survey of Cornwall, (1811), 356
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of St Agnes, , Vol. 1, (1962), 113

Source: Historic England

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