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Round barrow known as Goodern Barrow, 550m east of St Michael's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Kea, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2469 / 50°14'48"N

Longitude: -5.1186 / 5°7'6"W

OS Eastings: 177755.719933

OS Northings: 43202.19687

OS Grid: SW777432

Mapcode National: GBR Z9.ZGML

Mapcode Global: FRA 085C.TYS

Entry Name: Round barrow known as Goodern Barrow, 550m east of St Michael's Church

Scheduled Date: 15 July 1966

Last Amended: 5 January 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019501

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32927

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 level ground
on top of a ridge north of the Carnon River valley. The barrow has a sub-
circular earth and stone mound measuring approximately 18.2m WNW-ESE by 16.5m
NNE-SSW and 2m high. It has a regular profile with fairly steep sides and a
flat top around 9.3m across. A roughly square concrete plinth some 1.4m across
is set in the edge of the top on the south side. The barrow is closely
associated with a group of round barrows beyond this scheduling, together
forming a 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 known as Goodern barrow, 550m east of St Michael's Church
survives well. Despite evidence for some relatively recent modification of its
top, the mound remains substantially intact. The underlying old land surface,
and any surviving original deposits associated with the mound and old land
surface, will also remain.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
McLauchlan, H, 'Annual Report of the Royal Institution of Cornwall' in Observations in some ancient camps and tumuli, , Vol. 29, (1848)
Tonkin, T, 'History and Antiquities of Cornwall' in History and Antiquities of Cornwall, (1702), 61
PRN 9007, Johnson, N, Cornwall SMR, (1975)
Sheppard, P, AM12, (1980)
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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