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Linear bowl barrow group on Ligger Point, 250m west of Penhale Mine

A Scheduled Monument in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3794 / 50°22'45"N

Longitude: -5.153 / 5°9'10"W

OS Eastings: 175924.568079

OS Northings: 58035.825759

OS Grid: SW759580

Mapcode National: GBR Z7.2CHC

Mapcode Global: FRA 0831.D8T

Entry Name: Linear bowl barrow group on Ligger Point, 250m west of Penhale Mine

Scheduled Date: 24 September 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016990

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29686

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Perranzabuloe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Cubert

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes three bowl barrows aligned roughly north west to south
east, situated near the cliff edge on Ligger Point. They are in a commanding
position on the cliff top overlooking Perran Bay.
The barrows have mounds which vary in diameter from 12m to 18m and they have
an average height of 0.9m. The central barrow of the three is the largest and
the two barrows either side of it lie at distances, centre to centre, of 25m
to the north west, and 50m to the south east respectively.
Bronze Age urns were recovered from all three barrows in the 1950s; two were
deposited with the city museum at Truro whilst the third was retained by the
The concrete reservoir emplacement on the north east side of the westernmost
barrow is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath this
feature 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 barrows on Ligger Point are well preserved in a commanding position in
relation to the surrounding landscape. They are known from part excavation to
contain archaeological evidence relating to the barrows and the landscape in
which they were constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Perranzabuloe, , Vol. 2, (1963), 69
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Perranzabuloe, , Vol. 2, (1963), 69
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Perranzabuloe, , Vol. 2, (1963), 69
MSS, Penna, L J, Archaeological Notes, (1950)
Stanhope-Lovell, W W G, (1954)

Source: Historic England

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