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Bowl barrow 425m south west of Higher Callestick Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3036 / 50°18'12"N

Longitude: -5.137 / 5°8'13"W

OS Eastings: 176707.910788

OS Northings: 49551.709982

OS Grid: SW767495

Mapcode National: GBR Z8.JXDR

Mapcode Global: FRA 0847.6KB

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 425m south west of Higher Callestick Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1973

Last Amended: 6 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016105

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29620

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 the surviving remains of a Bronze Age bowl barrow
situated 425m south west of Higher Callestick Farm. The barrow occupies a
position on the eastern edge of a south facing spur between two streams which
flow out to the sea on the north Cornish coast. The barrow is 2m high with a
flat topped appearance and was originally 20m in diameter although the eastern
half of the barrow has been cut away by a track which runs alongside the field
in which the barrow lies. Some exposure of the mound at its base has revealed
quantities of small white quartzite or Spar stones in its matrix together with
some larger stones of unidentified type.
All fencing and modern soil dumps, are excluded from the scheduling, although
the ground beneath these features is included.

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 bowl barrow south west of Higher Callestick Farm will retain many of its
original features providing information about the monument and the landscape
in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Perranzabuloe, , Vol. 2, (1963)
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)

Source: Historic England

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