Two bowl barrows 250m south east and 230m north east of Ashgrove Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016062

Date first listed: 20-Jul-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jul-1997


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 250m south east and 230m north east of Ashgrove 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: Kenwyn

National Grid Reference: SW 76575 45356, SW 76601 45566


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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.

Despite having been reduced by ploughing, the two bowl barrows north east and south east of Ashgrove Farm will contain information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was built.


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The monument, which falls into two areas, includes two plough-reduced Bronze Age bowl barrows situated north east and south east of Ashgrove Farm. The barrows occupy high ground in relation to the immediate surrounding area and are 200m apart; they may represent the visible survivors of a larger barrow cemetery and they were formerly known as the Carbrittle Barrows. The southernmost barrow lies 270m south east of Ashgrove Farm close to the south east hedge-bank of the field in which it lies. It is 18m across and has a low rounded shape, about 1.6m high with no visible central depression or signs of a surrounding ditch. The more northerly barrow lies 250m north east of Ashgrove Farm close to the south east corner of the field in which it lies. This barrow has suffered plough reduction to a greater degree than its companion to the south but it is still visible as a recognisable mound 0.4m high but with no sign of an encircling ditch. It is now 16m in diameter.

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.


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Legacy System number: 29612

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of Kenwyn, , Vol. 4, (1965), 76
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)

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