Bowl barrow, 540m east of Wildmoor Pool.
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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- Date first listed:
- Date of most recent amendment:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
- All Stretton
- National Grid Reference:
- SO 43061 96619
Reasons for Designation
Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
Despite being reduced and spread by past ploughing, the barrow, one of those known as Robin Hood's Butts, survives well and is a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain archaeological deposits and environmental evidence from the old land surface sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments on The Long Mynd and, as such contributes information relating to the intensity of settlement and the nature of land use on this area of upland during the Bronze Age.
The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow, the northern one of two
known as Robin Hood's Butts, situated on Duckley Nap at the north end of The
Long Mynd. The barrow mound is visible as a well defined circular mound 21m in
diameter standing up to 1.5m high. The summit of the mound is flattened,
possibly by ploughing at some time in the past. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material for the construction of the monument was quarried.
This has become largely infilled over the years but can be traced as a slight
earthwork 4m wide and 0.3m deep around the north-east side of the mound. It
will survive around the remaining sides as a buried feature of similar width.
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
- Legacy System number:
- Legacy System:
Record no 00193,
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing