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Round barrow 350m north of Devichoys Barton

A Scheduled Monument in Mylor, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1995 / 50°11'58"N

Longitude: -5.1145 / 5°6'52"W

OS Eastings: 177829.26205

OS Northings: 37916.90365

OS Grid: SW778379

Mapcode National: GBR ZB.2HPR

Mapcode Global: FRA 085H.H9H

Entry Name: Round barrow 350m north of Devichoys Barton

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1973

Last Amended: 14 March 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019090

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32916

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Mylor

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Mylor

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow, situated on a slight west
slope on the western spur of a ridge between Devichoys and Carclew. The barrow
has an earth and stone mound 15.3m in diameter and approximately 2.9m high
with an irregular profile. It is surrounded by a quarry ditch 3.5m wide and
0.4m deep. A hollow 7m across and 0.7m-1.5m deep in the top of the mound, east
of centre, is considered to be the result of an antiquarian excavation.
The barrow is associated with three others to the east, beyond this
scheduling, which together form a small ridge-top barrow cemetery. These
additional barrows are the subject of a separate scheduling.

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 350m north of Devichoys Barton survives well. Despite limited
antiquarian excavation, it 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 in a small ridge-top barrow
cemetery illustrates the important role of topography in Bronze Age funerary

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Polwhele, R, 'Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall' in Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall, , Vol. 3, (1867), 388
Title: Mylor Tithe Apportionment
Source Date: 1839

Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map
Source Date: 1878

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

Source: Historic England

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