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Bowl barrow 100m south west of Callestick Vean

A Scheduled Monument in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2964 / 50°17'47"N

Longitude: -5.13 / 5°7'48"W

OS Eastings: 177172.97918

OS Northings: 48740.532492

OS Grid: SW771487

Mapcode National: GBR Z8.KKKS

Mapcode Global: FRA 0847.WT8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m south west of Callestick Vean

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016103

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29618

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Perranzabuloe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Perranzabuloe

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated 100m south west of Callestick
Vean in and just north of the A30. The site of the barrow is on relatively low
lying land close to the head of a tributary of the River Kenwyn which flows to
the south. The barrow survives as a low mound which has been reduced by
ploughing but which retains a height of 0.5m and a diameter of 20m.

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 south west of Callestick Vean is unusual in being low lying. It
will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Henderson, C, Parochial Antiquities, (1925), 203
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Perranzabuloe, , Vol. 2, (1963), 68

Source: Historic England

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