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Obadiahs Barrow

Hob Uid: 303188
Location :
Isles of Scilly
St. Agnes
Grid Ref : SV8880085100
Summary : Neolithic chambered cairn 7m in diameter by 0.6m high. The chamber is 3.2m by 1.4m by 1.1 and had three coverstones. It containing disarticulated human remains. Secondary Bronze Age cremations with associated urns were also found. Scheduled.
More information : SV 888085 Obadiah's Barrow.

Obadiah's Barrow, 60 yds north west of Carn Valla (SV 80 NE 4)
excavated by Bonsor in 1901 and named after Obadiah Hicks of
St Agnes with whom he lodged (2). Numbered Hencken 1, Daniel 5.

Bonsor's excavation, see illustrations (2) (3), showed it to
have been previously disturbed at the entrance but the main
chamber had not been damaged.

The deposition and list of finds is shown clearly by Ashbee,
see illustration (4).

The deposit under stones 3, 4 and 5 was practically undisturbed
and at a depth of 80cms was a layer of hard blackish soil upon
which the urns had been placed, only one of which remained
intact (2).

Bonsor's "contracted burial remains" appear to Ashbee (4) to
be the remains of an assemblage of unburned but disarticulated
bones.

Hencken (3) notes the similarity of the pottery to that of the
Early Bronze Age in Brittany and Cornwall and Ashbee discusses
the possibility of simultaneous deposition of previous
cremations rather than use over a long period of time.

In Sept 1967 the Museum was presented with a Bronze Age
funerary urn and ashes from 'Obadiah's Barrow'. Acc No 1078.

'Obadiah's Barrow' (name confirmed) is a chambered cairn at
SV 88800851 south east of Kittern Hill. Its diameter is 7.0m
and height 0.6m. About ten kerb-stones are visible in the
retaining circle. The chamber, extending right across the
cairn, measures 5.2m x 1.4m x 1.1m and is in good preservation.

There are three capstones (one in situ), the largest measuring
2.6m x 0.8m x 0.7m. The chamber is orientated north west-south
east.

Surveyed at 1:2500 on PFD.

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Typescript Checklist 1977 (V Russell)
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Source Number : 2
Source : The Antiquaries journal : journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Source details : illust (H O'N Hencken after G Bonsor)
Page(s) : 20-24
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Vol(s) : 13, 1933
Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Archaeology of Cornwall and Scilly 1932 illust (H O'N Hencken)
Page(s) : 26-28
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Source Number : 4
Source : Ancient Scilly : from the first farmers to the early Christians : an introduction and survey
Source details :
Page(s) : 92-4,93,99,115,117,325
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Source Number : 5
Source : The prehistoric chamber tombs of England and Wales
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Page(s) : 244
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Isles of Scilly Museum Accessions Book
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Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JGB 10-APR-78
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Source Number : 8
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 01-Aug-96
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Neolithic
Display Date : Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Chambered Cairn, Inhumation
Evidence : Earthwork, Find
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Cremation
Evidence : Find

Components and Objects:
Period : Bronze Age
Component Monument Type : Cremation
Object Type : CINERARY URN
Object Material : Pottery

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SI 1015
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 15445
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CO 1015
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Scilly Isles)
External Cross Reference Number : SV8808/10 OR*
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SV 80 NE 7
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, OBADIAH'S BARROW,GUGH
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1901-01-01
End Date : 1901-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SV 80 NE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-04-10
End Date : 1978-04-10
Associated Activities : Primary, KITTERN HILL, GUGH
Activity type : MANAGEMENT SURVEY
Start Date : 2016-01-01
End Date : 2017-12-31