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Group of three bowl barrows 150m east of Rosehill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3447 / 50°20'41"N

Longitude: -5.1131 / 5°6'47"W

OS Eastings: 178603.05839

OS Northings: 54057.079481

OS Grid: SW786540

Mapcode National: GBR Z9.SB25

Mapcode Global: FRA 0854.3TX

Entry Name: Group of three bowl barrows 150m east of Rosehill Farm

Scheduled Date: 11 July 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016166

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29626

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Perranzabuloe

Built-Up Area: Goonhavern

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Perranzabuloe

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a group of three bowl barrows situated 150m east of
Rosehill Farm. The barrows are in a line on an approximate east-west alignment
on a ridge north of Goonhavern. Two of the group survive as visible mounds
whilst the position of the other is indicated by the sparstone and local stone
derived from the underlying Devonian geological formations which lie on the
ground surface above its position. The two barrows which survive with mounds
are those in the centre and to the east of the monument and these are 20m
apart. The easternmost barrow mound is 15m in diameter and 0.2m in height
whilst the mound of the central barrow is 23m in diameter and 0.5m in height.
The barrow on the western side of the group has no visible mound but the stone
debris which represents it denotes its position and this covers an oval area
about 20m by 12m in a position just over 20m west of the central barrow.
Excluded from the scheduling is all fencing, although the ground beneath it is

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 group east of
Rosehill Farm is a compact group which 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)

Source: Historic England

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