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Bowl barrow in Mingoose Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in St. Agnes, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.291 / 50°17'27"N

Longitude: -5.191 / 5°11'27"W

OS Eastings: 172806.494177

OS Northings: 48315.845406

OS Grid: SW728483

Mapcode National: GBR Z5.XTSJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 0808.9J5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Mingoose Plantation

Scheduled Date: 25 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29609

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 at Mingoose Plantation. The
barrow, which is situated on high ground, stands 2.9m high and is of rounded
appearance with a central depression which may indicate antiquarian
investigation. It has a diameter of 20m. There are no indications of a
surrounding ditch. The barrow has been associated in the past with a barrow
lying just north of the Mingoose Plantation, these barrows together being
known as the Mingoos Barrows.

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 in Mingoose Plantation is in a commanding position in relation to
the surrounding landscape. It is a well preserved example which will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was built. This is one of three barrows recorded in the

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in St Agnes Parish, , Vol. 2, (1962), 113

Source: Historic England

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