Bowl barrow 450m north-west of Felton Farm

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1007712
Date first listed:
17-Dec-1929
Date of most recent amendment:
04-Feb-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 450m north-west of Felton Farm
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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:
Bromfield
National Grid Reference:
SO 49689 77030

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 the damage from past ploughing the barrow 450m north-west of Felton Farm survives well and remains a good example of this class of monument. It will preserve archaeological evidence relating to the use and development of the site and environmental evidence allowing an understanding of the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow is one of several similar monuments which occur in this vicinity and, as such, contributes information relating to the intensity of settlement, land use, burial practices and social structure of the prehistoric community that occupied this area during the Bronze Age.

Details

The monument includes a large bowl barrow situated on the level ground between the River Teme to the south-west and River Corve to the north-east. The barrow comprises a well defined earthen mound 50m in diameter and up to 1.7m high. The barrow is reduced and spread as a result of past ploughing but appears otherwise undisturbed. Although not visible as a surface feature, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument will survive as a buried feature some 3m wide, sealed beneath the edge of the plough spread mound.

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

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
19121
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Other
FMW record,

Legal

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.

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