Round barrow 350m north of Devichoys Barton


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019090

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1973

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Mar-2000


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 350m north of Devichoys Barton
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Mylor

National Grid Reference: SW 77829 37917


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Reasons for Designation

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in 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 round barrow 350m north of Devichoys Barton survives well. Despite limited antiquarian excavation, it remains substantially intact, as will the underlying old land surface and any surviving original deposits associated with the mound and old land surface. Its location in a small ridge-top barrow cemetery illustrates the important role of topography in Bronze Age funerary activity.


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The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow, situated on a slight west slope on the western spur of a ridge between Devichoys and Carclew. The barrow has an earth and stone mound 15.3m in diameter and approximately 2.9m high with an irregular profile. It is surrounded by a quarry ditch 3.5m wide and 0.4m deep. A hollow 7m across and 0.7m-1.5m deep in the top of the mound, east of centre, is considered to be the result of an antiquarian excavation. The barrow is associated with three others to the east, beyond this scheduling, which together form a small ridge-top barrow cemetery. These additional barrows are the subject of a separate scheduling.

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: 32916

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Polwhele, R, 'Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall' in Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall, , Vol. 3, (1867), 388
Title: Mylor Tithe Apportionment Source Date: 1839 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map Source Date: 1878 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map Source Date: 1907 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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