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Bowl barrow 425m north east of Polvenna

A Scheduled Monument in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3172 / 50°19'2"N

Longitude: -5.1059 / 5°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 178988.906211

OS Northings: 50979.058477

OS Grid: SW789509

Mapcode National: GBR Z9.V5Y6

Mapcode Global: FRA 0866.6N7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 425m north east of Polvenna

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016107

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29622

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 Bronze Age bowl barrow situated 425m north east of
Polvenna. The barrow occupies a commanding position on a north west facing
spur set between two north flowing streams. The barrow mound is 0.4m high
with a low rounded appearance and is 16m in diameter. The southern perimeter
of the barrow mound has been removed by ploughing or terracing.
All fencing, walling and modern banking is 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 barrow survives comparatively well in a prominent position in the
landscape. 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
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: 1971

Source: Historic England

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