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Ballowall Barrow, St Just

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Ballowall Barrow is a prehistoric funerary cairn which Ashbee and Hencken state contains several phases of use from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. It is situated on the cliff top at Ballowall Common, near St Just in Cornwall, England, UK. It is also known as Carn Gluze Barrow.It was first excavated in 1878 by William Copeland Borlase, when it was discovered under mining debris. A report by Sharpe states that there are several discrepancies in the accounts of the excavation work, some of the finds were lost and interpretation of the site is difficult. Reconstruction work which was done after the excavation to make the inside more accessible has further complicated the site. The site today is a confused mix of original and reconstructions introduced by Borlase. The finds from excavations are in stored in museums at Truro, Cambridge and the British MuseumThe barrow is in diameter. The Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record describes it as a central domed structure, containing cists and with a pit beneath, surrounded by an outer cairn also containing cists. An entrance grave is located in the external side of the outer cairn.The construction of the site is unique in consisting of a combination of Neolithic and Bronze age funerary rituals. A similar site was recorded by Borlase but its location has been lost.The site is a protected Scheduled monument . It was included in the Schedule on 10/8/1923 and the scheduling was updated on 22/2/1996. The site is in the guardianship of English Heritage, and is managed by the National Trust.
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  • Ballowall Barrow is quite close to Cape Cornwall and does not take long to visit so can be an add-on. It is approached down narrow roads and while there is no entrance charge the roadside parking is l...  more »
  • As were close to Cape Cornwall we decided to have a look around this monument & we are glad that we did. As it was nice to see a small part of this countries past had been tastefully restored. Also th...  more »
  • Ballowall Barrow is best seen from above. The website clearly states that climbing the exterior wall is permitted but great care is required, especially in wet weather. My wife and I visited on a sunn...  more »
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  • Incredible place. The archaeologist who excavated it messed with it and added a viewing lane inside which one cannot get to anyway. Incredible engineering by our ancestors!!
  • Visited here from Cape Cornwall an amazing structure Fantastic views and a good walk
  • Visiting this place from Land's End YHA made a good walk, the place itself does not offer much to enjoy though.
  • Amazing place
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