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Two bowl barrows 250m south east and 230m north east of Ashgrove Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kenwyn, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2658 / 50°15'56"N

Longitude: -5.1364 / 5°8'11"W

OS Eastings: 176574.647

OS Northings: 45356.0572

OS Grid: SW765453

Mapcode National: GBR Z8.M9XC

Mapcode Global: FRA 084B.6RP

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 250m south east and 230m north east of Ashgrove Farm

Scheduled Date: 20 July 1966

Last Amended: 25 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016062

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29612

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Kenwyn

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Chacewater

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument, which falls into two areas, includes two plough-reduced Bronze
Age bowl barrows situated north east and south east of Ashgrove Farm. The
barrows occupy high ground in relation to the immediate surrounding area and
are 200m apart; they may represent the visible survivors of a larger barrow
cemetery and they were formerly known as the Carbrittle Barrows. The
southernmost barrow lies 270m south east of Ashgrove Farm close to the south
east hedge-bank of the field in which it lies. It is 18m across and has a low
rounded shape, about 1.6m high with no visible central depression or signs of
a surrounding ditch. The more northerly barrow lies 250m north east of
Ashgrove Farm close to the south east corner of the field in which it lies.
This barrow has suffered plough reduction to a greater degree than its
companion to the south but it is still visible as a recognisable mound 0.4m
high but with no sign of an encircling ditch. It is now 16m in diameter.

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 ploughing, the two bowl barrows north east and
south east of Ashgrove Farm will contain information 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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