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Round barrow 230m south east of Chapel Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kea, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2393 / 50°14'21"N

Longitude: -5.1145 / 5°6'52"W

OS Eastings: 178013.41294

OS Northings: 42342.650654

OS Grid: SW780423

Mapcode National: GBR ZB.03P2

Mapcode Global: FRA 085D.H8T

Entry Name: Round barrow 230m south east of Chapel Farm

Scheduled Date: 18 July 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019158

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32921

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Kea

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Highertown

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The scheduling includes a prehistoric round barrow, situated on the gentle
upper slopes of a spur running south from the Baldhu ridge towards the Carnon
valley. The barrow has an earth and stone mound approximately 12.7m in
diameter and 1.2m high, with a regular, gently sloping profile to its sides. A
roughly central hollow, 5.3m in diameter and up to 1m deep, is considered to
result from an antiquarian excavation. This barrow 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 230m south east of Chapel Farm survives reasonably well.
Despite limited disturbance, 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.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)
SW 74 SE 2, Palmer, J, Ordnance Survey Index Card, (1965)
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map
Source Date: 1880

Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map
Source Date: 1908

Source: Historic England

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