Round cairn 230m SSW of Higher Tregiffian

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1004632

Date first listed: 08-Jun-1970

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

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 230m SSW of Higher Tregiffian
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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. Just

National Grid Reference: SW 37606 27336

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 excavation, the cairn 230m SSW of Higher Tregiffan retains the potential to reveal further archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the construction, longevity, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round cairn, situated on the summit of a coastal ridge of Trevedra Common, overlooking Whitesand Bay and within the corner of an old burial ground. The cairn survives as a roughly circular rather uneven low mound measuring up to 15m in diameter and 0.5m high. Partially excavated in the mid-20th century, it was found to contain a cist with a larger capstone in which was a rare type of urn with no close British parallels and which C Thomas suggests is of the later Neolithic period. The cairn is composed mainly of stone with some earth. A flint scraper and flake were discovered in the cist and nearby.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-420706

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: CO 731

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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