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HER Number:29882
Name:CHYPRAZE CLIFF - Bronze Age barrow


A barrow first recorded in 1847, with surviving retaining stones and the remains of a cist.

Grid Reference:SW 3929 3588
Parish:Morvah, Penwith, Cornwall
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Protected Status: None recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Mapping Programme (Morph No.): 287.4
  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW33NE 4
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 29882
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SW33NE 10-10.1

Monument Type(s):

  • BARROW (Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 801 BC)

Full description

A barrow was noted by Halliwell in the mid-C19 (b1). Henderson described it as a well preserved ring barrow, known as Carn Clough. Its diameter was recorded as 24ft (7.34m) and eleven contiuous stones of the circle, inclined at an angle of 60 degrees towards the centre were visible. Within the circle a side stone and part of a covering stone of a cist survived (b2). Survey by the OS in 1961 revealed that the barrow is in similar condition to when Henderson visited it. The retaining stones, eleven contigious and one isolated, average 0.8m high. They are shown in Henderson's plan. The cover stone of the cist is now parallel to the side stone and is partly buried. The interior and unretained perimeter is made up of small stones and earth to a maximum height of 0.4m (h1, p1). This site should be examined with a view to Scheduling (b4). The site is visible on air photographs (p1) and was plotted for the NMP.
(b4) - Thomas, N, 1990, Pers Comm, ,

Site history:
1: 1961. QUINNELL, NV / OS
2: 1975. FLETCHER, MJ / OS

<1> Halliwell, JO, 1847, Rambles in Western Cornwall, 131-132 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3428.

OSP, 1961, AO.61.35.2 (Photographic Record). SCO13746.

<2> Henderson, C, 1914, Notebooks of Parochial Antiquities, VOL II, 117 (Unpublished document). SCO3503.

NMR, 1982, SW3935/1-4 (Photographic Record). SCO16789.

<3> Russell, V, 1971, West Penwith Survey, 21 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4314.

<4> Cornwall Council, 2017, Distinctiveness Assessment and Evaluation (Report). SCO27790.

Sources / Further Reading

[p1]SCO13746 - Photographic Record: OSP. 1961. AO.61.35.2. GBP.
[1]SCO3428 - Bibliographic reference: Halliwell, JO. 1847. Rambles in Western Cornwall. 131-132.
[p2]SCO16789 - Photographic Record: NMR. 1982. SW3935/1-4. ABP.
[2]SCO3503 - Unpublished document: Henderson, C. 1914. Notebooks of Parochial Antiquities. MS At RIC. VOL II, 117.
[3]SCO4314 - Bibliographic reference: Russell, V. 1971. West Penwith Survey. 21.
[4]SCO27790 - Report: Cornwall Council. 2017. Distinctiveness Assessment and Evaluation. Devon and Cornwall.

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records: none recorded