Bowl barrow at Red Post

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1005438
Date first listed:
31-Oct-1975
Location Description:
Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow at Red Post
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Location

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

Location Description:
Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.
District:
Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Launcells
National Grid Reference:
SS 26292 05231

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 some reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation, the bowl barrow at Red Post 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.

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on a ridge, overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Tamar. The barrow survives as an oval mound measuring approximately 40m by 30m and up to 1m high. The surrounding quarry ditch, from which the construction material was derived, is preserved as a buried feature.

Other archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of a separate scheduling.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-31848

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
CO 950
Legacy System:
RSM - OCN

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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