Bowl barrow at Beeswing


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1004499

Date first listed: 09-Nov-1950

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


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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: Mawgan-in-Meneage

National Grid Reference: SW 70601 22401

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. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of lowland Britain. 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 and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. Despite its re-use as an ornamental garden feature, the bowl barrow at Beeswing survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, territorial significance, social organisation, ritual and funerary practices and overall landscape context.


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated in a garden on an upland ridge. The bowl barrow survives as a circular, stony mound defined by a kerb of stones measuring up to 12m in diameter and 1.2m high. It has been adapted as an ornamental garden feature within a shrubbery.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-427494


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

Legacy System number: CO 324

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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