Bowl barrow on Robin's Tump, 600m south west of Hill House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010725

Date first listed: 14-Dec-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Robin's Tump, 600m south west of Hill House
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Cardington

National Grid Reference: SO 48064 95291


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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 of its central area, the barrow on Robin's Tump survives well and is a good example of its class. It will retain primary archaeological material and environmental evidence sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several monuments of a similar age in the area and, as such, contributes information relating to the intensity of settlement, nature of land use, burial practices and social structure of the prehistoric community occupying this area of upland during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a small bowl barrow situated on the top of a west to east spur below the summit of Caer Caradoc Hill. The barrow mound is well defined, circular in plan with a diameter of 9m and stands up to 0.8m high. The top of the mound has been disturbed creating an irregular shaped hollow 0.2m deep. The fabric of the mound, where it is exposed in this disturbance, shows it to be of earth and stone construction. The surrounding ditch, from which the material for the mound would have been quarried, remains visible around the southern half of the barrow where it is 2.5m wide and 0.1m deep. Though no longer visible around the northern half of the barrow it will survive here as a buried feature of similar proportions.

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.


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Legacy System number: 19171

Legacy System: RSM

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