Round cairn 1.1km north-west of Siblyback Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011313

Date first listed: 11-Nov-1993


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 1.1km north-west of Siblyback Farm
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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. Cleer

National Grid Reference: SX 22610 73277


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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 NW of Siblyback Farm has survived well. Despite the limited and well-defined disturbance from the antiquarian excavation, the cairn's mound, internal deposits and buried land surface will survive substantially intact. The presence of the inner kerb is unusual and the relationship of this cairn to those on successive ridges to the south, bordering the west side of the Fowey valley, demonstrates well the nature and diversity of funerary practices during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a prehistoric round funerary cairn situated on a broad ridge at the south-west edge of Siblyback Moor on south-east Bodmin Moor. The round cairn is visible as a turf-covered circular mound of heaped rubble, 8.75m in diameter and up to 0.6m high. Occasional stones project up to 0.1m above the turf in the cairn's east, north and west sectors, forming remains of an inner kerb measuring 3.75m in diameter. An unrecorded antiquarian excavation has produced a shallow hollow, 3m in diameter and 0.1m deep, at the cairn's centre. This monument forms one of a sequence of prehistoric funerary cairns of various forms, located on successive ridge tops bordering the western side of the upper valley of the River Fowey. In this series, this monument is located 600m north of a cairn group on the ridge to the south and 1.5km north of another cairn group on the next ridge further south.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 15241

Legacy System: RSM


consulted 1992, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP plot and field trace for SX 2273,
consulted 1992, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP plots and field traces for SX 2271; SX 2272; SX 2273,
consulted 1992, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1276,
Title: 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Map; SX 27/37; Pathfinder 1339 Source Date: 1988 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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