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Bowl barrow 400m south of Higher Reen Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3411 / 50°20'27"N

Longitude: -5.1301 / 5°7'48"W

OS Eastings: 177374.050411

OS Northings: 53701.950194

OS Grid: SW773537

Mapcode National: GBR Z8.GRJM

Mapcode Global: FRA 0844.H6P

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m south of Higher Reen Farm

Scheduled Date: 11 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016165

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29625

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 400m south of Higher Reen Farm
about 1.5km inland from the series of sand dunes known as Penhale Sands. The
barrow is at the extreme northern and relatively flat open end of a south
facing spur of land. The barrow, originally one of a pair, survives as a low
mound which has been reduced by ploughing but which retains a height of 0.2m
and a diameter of 22m. The second barrow is no longer visible.

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 bowl barrow south of Higher Reen
Farm 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 Perranzabuloe Checklist Additions, , Vol. 6, (1967), 98
Title: Ordnance Survey
Source Date: 1971

Source: Historic England

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