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Two bowl barrows 275m south west of Higher Callestick Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3059 / 50°18'21"N

Longitude: -5.1381 / 5°8'17"W

OS Eastings: 176641.811705

OS Northings: 49820.54197

OS Grid: SW766498

Mapcode National: GBR Z8.JX1L

Mapcode Global: FRA 0847.0EF

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 275m south west of Higher Callestick Farm

Scheduled Date: 22 May 1973

Last Amended: 6 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016104

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29619

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 two plough reduced Bronze Age bowl barrows situated 275m
south west of Higher Callestick Farm. The barrows occupy a position towards
the southern end of a spur between two streams which flow out to the sea on
the north Cornish coast. The two barrows stand as low mounds 0.2m high and 42m
apart from centre to centre. The westernmost barrow mound is 16m in diameter
whilst its neighbour to the east is 19m 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 recent cultivation, the two bowl barrows south west of Higher
Callestick will retain many of their original features providing information
about the monument and the landscape in which they were constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Perranzabuloe, , Vol. 2, (1963), 68
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)
Title: Ordnance Survey
Source Date: 1965

Source: Historic England

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