Bowl barrow 640m south of Killarney


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1004450

Date first listed: 13-Feb-1958

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


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 640m south of Killarney
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Location Description: Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Morwenstow

National Grid Reference: SS2637714805

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. Despite having been bisected by a boundary bank, the bowl barrow 640m south of Killarney survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, funerary and ritual practices, social organisation and overall landscape context.


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a prominent ridge forming the watershed between the River Tamar and Lamberal Water. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 28m in diameter and 0.7m high. Its surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. The barrow lies on a parish boundary.

The barrow is bisected by a boundary hedge which is excluded from the monument, although the ground beneath is included. Other nearby archaeological remains survive in the vicinity, some of which are scheduled separately.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-32159


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

Legacy System number: CO 467

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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