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Bowl barrow 425m north west of Little Regarded Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kenwyn, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2756 / 50°16'32"N

Longitude: -5.1353 / 5°8'7"W

OS Eastings: 176696.400491

OS Northings: 46442.657855

OS Grid: SW766464

Mapcode National: GBR Z8.LQ6D

Mapcode Global: FRA 0849.F6C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 425m north west of Little Regarded Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016061

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29611

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 a plough-reduced bowl barrow situated to the east of a
track 425m north west of Little Regarded Farm. It is on rising ground midway
between two east flowing streams. The barrow mound survives to a maximum
height of 0.7m and is 20m in diameter; it is clearly visible as a rounded
mound in the field in which it is situated. There are no indications of a
surrounding ditch.

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 by cultivation, the bowl barrow north west of
Little Regarded Farm clearly survives as a recognisable mound and will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Kenwyn, , Vol. 4, (1965), 76
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)

Source: Historic England

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