Bowl barrow 500m north of The Oak Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010314

Date first listed: 06-Jan-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 500m north of The Oak 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: Clun

National Grid Reference: SO 28387 82020

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 being reduced by ploughing, the bowl barrow 500m north of The Oak Farm remains a good example of its class and will retain its primary deposits intact. The monument will retain archaeological evidence relating to the construction of the barrow and its subsequent use, and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which it was constructed. It is one of a group of similar monuments occurring in this vicinity which contribute information relating to the land use, social structure and burial practices of the prehistoric community occupying this area during the Bronze Age.

History

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Details





The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a low rise north of the River Clun. Although much reduced by past ploughing, it survives as a low mound 25m north to south by 20m transversely standing up to 0.3m high. Although no longer visible as a surface feature, a ditch, from which the material was quarried for the construction of the barrow, surrounds the mound and has an estimated width of 2m.

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: 19162

Legacy System: RSM

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