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Trevellas Barrow

Hob Uid: 428340
Location :
Cornwall
Cornwall
St. Agnes
Grid Ref : SW7341052240
Summary : The site of a round barrow, excavated in 1940. Prior to excavation it survived to a maximum height of 0.45 metres and had a diameter of 8.8 metres. The centre had been previously disturbed by a miners pit, with the central deposit robbed out, however several sherds of pottery, possibly of a bucket urn were recovered. The barrow may have formed part of a cemetery.
More information : (SW 73415224) Tumulus (NR). (1)

Trevellas Barrow was excavated during the summer of 1940 by
C.K.C.Andrew for MOW. It was a round barrow and 'had a turf
structure and an intact ritual deposit. There were a few sherds
of a bucket urn'. Destroyed (4).

A low spread mound indicates the remains of the barrow.

Published 1:2500 survey revised. (5)

(SW 73415224) Trevellas Barrow, although situated on its own it may have been a southwestern outlier of a group of barrows described by Richard Thomas (SW 75 SW 8). It survived to a maximum height of 0.45m, diameter 8.8m. The centre had been previously disturbed by a miners pit, with the central deposit robbed out, however several sherds of pottery, possibly of a bucket urn were recovered. These are now lost. The mound comprised of a turf stack, possibly revetted. Near to the centre a pit was located. This was filled with charcoal and burnt bone. An additional pit was also located.

The barrow probably belongs to the mid-2nd millennium BC. (6)

The barrow is included on a distribution map of Bronze Age sites in Cornwall. (7)

The site of this round barrow lies in arable ground adjacent to the end of one of the main tarmac runways of Trevellas Airfield (SW 75 SW 54). The area was under standing crop in August 2002; it seems unlikely that any trace of the mound now survives. (8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source Number : 2
Source : Cornish archaeology
Source details : (R Warner)
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Vol(s) : 1, 1962
Source Number : 2a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Letter No 38 (R Thomas)
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Antiquaries journal : journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Source details : (B H St J O'Neil)
Page(s) : 26
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Vol(s) : 28, 1948
Source Number : 4
Source : Large Scale / Small Scale Map Revisers Comment
Source details : 1" Reviser (C K C Andrew 15.3.48)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ANK 05-APR-71
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Source Number : 6
Source : Cornish archaeology
Source details : (P.M Christie)
Page(s) : 23-121
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Vol(s) : 24, 1985
Source Number : 7
Source : Cornish archaeology
Source details : (P.M Christie)
Page(s) : 81-110
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Vol(s) : 25, 1986
Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Fletcher M 20-SEP-2002 English Heritage Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Round Barrow, Cremation, Pit
Evidence : Destroyed Monument, Find, Sub Surface Deposit

Components and Objects:
Period : Bronze Age
Component Monument Type : Round Barrow, Cremation, Pit
Object Type : VESSEL
Object Material : Pottery

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Cornwall)
External Cross Reference Number : SW 75 SW 23
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SW 75 SW 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : TREVELLAS DOWN
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1940-01-01
End Date : 1940-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SW 75 SW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-04-05
End Date : 1971-04-05
Associated Activities : TREVELLAS AIRFIELD - ENGLISH HERITAGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2002-07-20
End Date : 2002-10-30