Bowl barrow 480m south of Traboe Cross forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Goonhilly Downs

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1003089

Date first listed: 28-Oct-1959

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Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 480m south of Traboe Cross forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Goonhilly Downs
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Location

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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: St. Keverne

National Grid Reference: SW7368720097

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

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. 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. The bowl barrow 480m south of Traboe Cross forming part of a round barrow cemetery survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, which forms part of a large and dispersed round barrow cemetery, and is situated on the north eastern side of Goonhilly Downs in an area called Rosuic Common. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring 28m in diameter and 1.9m high with an uneven summit. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. An arc of stones surrounding the mound is the result of field clearance. The barrow was first recorded by the antiquarian writer Thomas.

Other barrows, which form part of the round barrow cemetery, are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-427470

Legacy

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Legacy System number: CO 566

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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