Round cairn 825m north-east of Trewortha Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008763

Date first listed: 07-Aug-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 825m north-east of Trewortha Farm
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Location

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District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: North Hill

National Grid Reference: SX 24821 75787

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Round cairns are funerary monuments covering single or multiple burials and dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as mounds of earth and stone rubble up to 40m in external diameter but usually considerably smaller; a kerb of edge-set stones sometimes bounds the edges of the mound. Burials were placed in small pits, or on occasion within a box-like structure of stone slabs called a cist, let into the old ground surface or dug into the body of the cairn. Round cairns can occur as isolated monuments, in small groups or in larger cemeteries. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provides important information on the diversity of beliefs, burial practices and social organisation in the Bronze Age. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of preservation.

This round cairn on Trewortha Tor has survived reasonably well despite the limited and well-defined actions of stone-robbers and it will retain many original features including burial deposits. Its proximity to other broadly contemporary burial monuments of differing types and to a large settlement site demonstrates well the diversity of funerary practices and the organisation of land use during the Bronze Age.

History

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Details

The monument comprises a Prehistoric round cairn situated near other broadly contemporary cairns and settlement sites on the south-eastern slope of Trewortha Tor on eastern Bodmin Moor. The cairn survives as a turf-covered mound of heaped rubble, 10m in diameter and up to 0.75m high. Some relatively recent stone robbing has created a hollow 0.5m deep stretching from the mound's northern edge towards its centre, leaving the mound's southern half intact and its full perimeter extent visible. This cairn is centred 175m north-west of a large unenclosed hut circle settlement and 290m north of a large and diverse group of funerary cairns and is visible from both of these broadly contemporary monuments.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 15121

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
consulted 9/1991, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP transcription for SX 2475,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1085,

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