Bowl barrow on Wildmoor, 200m north-east of the Shooting Box.

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007340

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930

Date of most recent amendment: 12-Oct-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Wildmoor, 200m north-east of the Shooting Box.
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Ratlinghope

National Grid Reference: SO 42286 95542

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-east of the Shooting Box survives well as 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 barrow and from 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 in this area of upland during the Bronze Age.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a substantial bowl barrow situated on a prominent hilltop overlooking land falling to the east. The barrow is visible as a well defined circular mound of angular rock and earth construction with a diameter of 21.3m and standing up to 1.6m high. The summit of the barrow has been disturbed by exploration at some time in the past so that today it has the form of a dished hollow 3.7m in diameter and 0.7m deep. Although no longer visible as a surface feature, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the mounument, 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: 19098

Legacy System: RSM

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