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Bowl barrow 540m WSW of St Breock Downs Farm

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 540m WSW of St Breock Downs Farm

List entry Number: 1004478

Location

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The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: St. Breock

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 29-Jun-1955

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: CO 357

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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. Despite early partial excavation or robbing, the bowl barrow 540m WSW of St Breock Downs Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, social organisation, territorial significance, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the upper eastern slopes of the prominent ridge known as St Breock Downs. The bowl barrow survives as a circular mound, measuring up to 22m in diameter and 1.8m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which material to construct the mound was derived, is preserved as a buried feature. A central hollow, indicating early excavation or robbing, is now backfilled with rubble.

Other archaeological features in the immediate vicinity are scheduled separately.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-430292

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National Grid Reference: SW9759868214

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