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Bowl barrow on Cubert Common 250m north of Chywarton

A Scheduled Monument in Cubert, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3928 / 50°23'34"N

Longitude: -5.1238 / 5°7'25"W

OS Eastings: 178061.914

OS Northings: 59433.423

OS Grid: SW780594

Mapcode National: GBR Z9.P77G

Mapcode Global: FRA 0840.CNM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Cubert Common 250m north of Chywarton

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1958

Last Amended: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016442

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29666

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Cubert

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Cubert

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the south west edge of Cubert
Common. The barrow, which appears on a 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of
1813, is situated on relatively low-lying ground only 2km inland from the
coast at Holywell Bay. The barrow stands 2.9m high and is of rounded
appearance with a flat top and a diameter of 34m. There is some mutilation on
the south west side of the mound perhaps caused in antiquity by former tracks
but there is no record of excavation.

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 on Cubert Common 250m north of Chywarton is a well preserved
example of its class which will contain archaeological and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England

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