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Two bowl barrows at Two Burrows, 500m north and 510m north east of Two Burrows Farm

A Scheduled Monument in St. Agnes, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2791 / 50°16'44"N

Longitude: -5.1797 / 5°10'47"W

OS Eastings: 173548.7725

OS Northings: 46959.2359

OS Grid: SW735469

Mapcode National: GBR Z5.YJH1

Mapcode Global: FRA 0819.7VS

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows at Two Burrows, 500m north and 510m north east of Two Burrows Farm

Scheduled Date: 27 October 1972

Last Amended: 6 August 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016355

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29610

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Agnes

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Mount Hawke with Mithian

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument, which falls into two areas, includes two Bronze Age bowl barrows
on an east-west axis, situated 500m north and 510m north east of Two Burrows
Farm alongside the road from Two Burrows to Mount Hawke. The eastern barrow is
2.8m high and 22m across with a rounded profile. It has a large central
depression which may be the result of antiquarian excavation or internal
collapse. The barrow 125m to the west is larger, being 3.6m high with a full
rounded top surmounting a vertical rim 1.8m high which is found around the
entire circumference. This barrow is 24m in diameter. Neither barrow displays
any visible sign of having possessed a surrounding ditch. The two barrows are
almost certainly the barrows which have given their name to the area.
Excluded from the scheduling are the metal poles located in the easternmost
barrow, although the ground beneath them 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 two bowl barrows at Two Burrows are well preserved examples set in a
commanding position. They will retain many of their original features
providing information about the barrows and the landscape in which they were

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in St Agnes Parish, , Vol. 1, (1962), 113

Source: Historic England

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