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Round barrow 330m south of Oldfields

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Round barrow 330m south of Oldfields

List entry Number: 1019655

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Moreton Say

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 09-Mar-2001

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 33831

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

Despite its later modification, the round barrow 330m south of Oldfields survives well. It is a rare example of a prehistoric funerary monument surviving in an area where other 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.

History

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Details

The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age round barrow situated on a gradual south facing slope in an area of gently undulating land. The barrow mound is constructed of earth and is roughly circular, measuring approximately 18m in diameter at its base. It has a flat top, measuring 7m by 9m, which may be the result of later modification. In relation to the sloping ground on which it stands, its height increases from 1.6m to 2m. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature, approximately 3m wide. Immediately to the south of the mound is a crescent-shaped pit, of probable modern date, which cuts the base of the mound and part of the surrounding ditch.

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.

Selected Sources

Other
Heywood-Lonsdale, TC, (2000)

National Grid Reference: SJ 62773 36067

Map

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