Round cairn 160m north east of Bosistow Island

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1004236

Date first listed: 03-Aug-1971

Location Description: Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 160m north east of Bosistow Island
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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. Levan

National Grid Reference: SW 35801 23296

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. Despite partial early excavation, the round cairn 160m north east of Bosistow Island 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 round cairn, situated on the Higher Bosistow Cliff, overlooking Zawn Peggy and Inner Pendower Cove. The barrow survives as a circular stony mound measuring up to 11m in diameter and 0.5m high. The mound has a central hollow, possible the result of Antiquarian excavation although no details are known. Other archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of a separate scheduling.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-421273

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: CO 848

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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