Round barrow 65m south west of St Bartholomew's Church


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019199

Date first listed: 03-Jul-2000


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow 65m south west of St Bartholomew's Church
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Glazeley

National Grid Reference: SO 70299 88182


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Reasons for Designation

Round barrows 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 mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often acted as a focus of 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 examples recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring across most of Britain, including the Wessex area where it is often possible to classify them more closely, for example as bowl or bell barrows. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable variation in 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.

The round barrow 65m south west of St Bartholomew's Church is a well-preserved example of this class of monument. It is a rare survival in an area where similar examples have been levelled by the plough. The barrow mound will retain evidence for its method of construction as well as the burials within it. These remains will advance our understanding of Bronze Age society, including the ritual practices and technical abilities of these people. The accumulated ditch fills will preserve environmental evidence for the activities which took place at the site, during the construction of the barrow and its subsequent use. In addition, the buried ground surface beneath the mound will preserve evidence for the landscape in which the barrow was built.


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The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age round barrow constructed of earth and situated on a gentle east to north east facing slope in an area of undulating land. The barrow mound is about 21m in diameter at its base. Its flat top, 8m across, may be the result of later modification. In relation to the sloping ground on which it stands, the height of the mound increases from 1.6m to 2.2m. 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 will survive as a buried feature, approximately 3m wide. All fence posts are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them is included.

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: 33802

Legacy System: RSM

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