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Round barrow

Bronze Age 2500 to 800 BC

During the Bronze Age the dead were normally cremated and the remains placed in a pottery vessel (funerary urn) which was set into the ground beneath a circular mound.

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Round barrows are round mounds of earth and stone, and are the lowland equivalent of the stony mounds known as 'cairns' of the upland zone. Round barrows are often surrounded by a ring ditch from which the earth for the mound was dug. While barrows are often isolated, many occur in groups that have accumulated over generations. These are known as 'barrow cemeteries'.

Barrows can occur anywhere in the landscape.

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In the early nineteenth century, the remains of fifteen or more Bronze Age Tumuli - burial mounds constructed over 2000 years ago - could be seen, strung along the grassy headland between the beaches of Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne. Only three members of this cemetery are still conspicuous today and slight traces remain of one or two others.

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