Bowl barrow immediately north west of Mingoose Plantation

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016059

Date first listed: 21-Dec-1976

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Oct-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow immediately north west of Mingoose Plantation
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Location

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

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: St. Agnes

National Grid Reference: SW 72767 48376

Summary

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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.

The barrow north west of Mingoose Plantation survives well and is located in a commanding position in relation to the surrounding landscape. It will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was built. This is one of a group of three barrows recorded in the vicinity.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated just north west of Mingoose Plantation. The barrow mound stands 2.4m high with a flat-topped appearance and a slight central depression; it has a diameter of 20m and is immediately adjacent to a hedge on its south east side. There are no indications of a surrounding ditch. All fencing along the inside edge of the hedge which borders the barrow on its south east side is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

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: 29608

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Carew, R, Survey of Cornwall, (1811), 356
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of St Agnes, , Vol. 1, (1962), 113

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