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Round barrow 120m south east of Parkwood Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Feock, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.222 / 50°13'19"N

Longitude: -5.093 / 5°5'34"W

OS Eastings: 179466.669777

OS Northings: 40351.50937

OS Grid: SW794403

Mapcode National: GBR ZC.C3BM

Mapcode Global: FRA 086F.RPS

Entry Name: Round barrow 120m south east of Parkwood Hill

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1968

Last Amended: 14 March 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019087

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32913

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Feock

Built-Up Area: Carnon Downs

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Devoran

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow, situated on fairly level
ground on a westerly spur of a ridge at Carnon Downs. The barrow has an earth
and stone mound 20.5m in diameter and 0.7m high, with a regular, gently
sloping profile, except to the south where its side is a little steeper. It is
associated with other round barrows beyond this scheduling, which together
form a small ridge-top barrow cemetery.

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

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered
single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as
cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already
been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area
where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl
or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in
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 round barrow 120m south east of Parkwood Hill survives reasonably well.
Despite limited antiquarian excavation, the mound remains substantially
intact, as will the underlying old land surface and any surviving original
deposits associated with the mound and old land surface. Its location on a
ridge top in association with other round barrows illustrates the important
role of topography in Bronze Age funerary activity.

Source: Historic England


Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map
Source Date: 1880

Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map
Source Date: 1907

Source: Historic England

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