Bowl barrow 500m south-east of Duckley Nap.
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
- Church Stretton
- National Grid Reference:
- SO 43380 96179
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 some disturbance the barrow 500m south-east of Duckley Nap survives well and is a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain archaeological material and environmental evidence from the old land surface sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments 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.
The monument includes the remains of a substantial bowl barrow situated in a
prominent position on top of a rounded hill. The barrow is visible as a well
defined, circular stone and earth mound 20m in diameter and stands to a height
of 1.6m above the surrounding natural land surface. The summit of the mound is
disturbed by the remains of an old exploration, which has created a shallow
crater 6m in diameter and 0.5m deep. 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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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