Round barrow 290m north east of Penventon

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019156

Date first listed: 18-Jul-2000

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 290m north east of Penventon
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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: Kea

National Grid Reference: SW 81200 41244

Summary

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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 290m north east of Penventon survives comparatively well. Although the mound has been reduced by ploughing in the past, it remains substantially intact, as will the underlying old land surface and any surviving original deposits associated with the mound and old land surface.

History

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Details

The monument includes a prehistoric round barrow, situated on level ground on a ridge south of Playing Place. The barrow has an earth mound 12.8m in diameter and 0.3m high, with a regular, gently sloping profile.

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: 32917

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Henderson, C, 'Parochial Antiquities' in Parochial Antiquities, , Vol. 5, (1917), 117,139
Other
SW 84 SW 6, Ordnance Survey , Ordnance Survey Index Card, (1965)
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map Source Date: 1879 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map Source Date: 1907 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:
Watts, SP to Parkes, C, (1999)

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