Bowl barrow 200m north-west of Wildmoor Pool.

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007338

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Oct-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 200m north-west of Wildmoor Pool.
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Location

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District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Ratlinghope

National Grid Reference: SO 42401 96718

Summary

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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 protection.

Despite some limited disturbance the barrow 200m north-west of Wildmoor Pool survives well and is a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain archaeological deposits and environmental evidence sealed on the old ground surface beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments which survive in this area and, as such, contributes information relating to the intensity of settlement and the nature of land use in the area during the Bronze Age.

History

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Details

The monument includes a substantial round barrow situated above a small valley, on ground gently falling to the north-east. The barrow is visible as a well defined, stony mound 19m in diameter, standing 1.5 high on its uphill, north-east, side and 2m high on its down-slope, south-west, side. The summit of the mound has been disturbed and hollowed to a depth of 0.3m by exploration at some time in the past. A second disturbance in the south-west flank of the mound measuring some 2m long by 1m wide and 0.2m deep appears to be the result of sheep scraping. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature some 2m wide.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 19096

Legacy System: RSM

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