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Two bowl barrows 130m north west of Ropewalk Farm

List Entry Summary

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.

Name: Two bowl barrows 130m north west of Ropewalk Farm

List entry Number: 1017501


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: St. Agnes

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 06-Aug-1997

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 29613

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 cultivation, the bowl barrows north west of Ropewalk Farm survive as recognisable mounds and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and landscape in which it was built. The barrows were originally part of a linear round barrow cemetery.


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The monument includes two plough-reduced Bronze Age bowl barrows situated north west of Ropewalk Farm, St Agnes. The barrows occupy high ground on a ridge of land between two streams which flow out to the sea on the north Cornish coast about 1.5km to the north west. The two barrows represent the best visible and intact survivors of a linear round barrow cemetery, which originally comprised at least eight barrows stretched along the ridge, one of which produced an urn containing a cremation. The two barrows lie close together separated by a hedge-bank. The southernmost barrow of the pair is enclosed on three sides by a hedge-bank. It survives as a low mound 0.3m high and 18m across. The northernmost barrow lies 40m north east of its neighbour and also survives as a low mound 0.5m high and 19m across. Excluded from the scheduling is all electric and other fencing, fence posts, hedgebanks, and walling, although the ground beneath these features 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in St Agnes Parish, , Vol. 1, (1962), 113
Warner, R, 'Cornish Archaeology' in Parish of St Agnes, , Vol. 1, (1962), 113
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)

National Grid Reference: SW 73293 50321


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