Round barrow 530m north west of Carnwinnick


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020751

Date first listed: 24-Jul-2002


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 530m north west of Carnwinnick
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Ladock

National Grid Reference: SW 92225 51689


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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.

Despite limited modification by modern ploughing, the round barrow 530m north west of Carnwinnick survives well. The mound remains substantially intact, and the old land surface and original deposits associated with it will also survive. The ditch is infilled but any deposits in its base can be expected to be undisturbed. The siting of the barrow illustrates well the important role of topography in Bronze Age funerary activity.


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This monument includes a later prehistoric round barrow, situated on level ground towards the south end of a ridge top north east of Grampound Road. The barrow is associated with another beyond this scheduling, 1.2km to the north west. The barrow is sub-circular in plan, with a mound of earth and stone measuring around 15m across east-west by 14m north-south, and 0.5m high. The mound has a fairly regular, gently curving profile, modified by modern ploughing. An early account of the barrow provides evidence of a ditch surrounding the mound, 1.8m wide. This will survive as a buried feature, having been infilled over the years.

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.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 32962

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Thomas, R, Letter to the West Briton, (1851)
Morcom, G, to Parkes, C, (2002)
SW 95 SW 5, Fletcher, MJ, Ordnance Survey Index Card, (1971)
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map Source Date: 1880 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:
Title: Probus Tithe Apportionment Source Date: 1840 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: 1677

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