Burnt mounds in Woodlands Park, 540m and 640m west of The Pavilion


Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:


© Crown Copyright and database right 2021. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2021. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1020540.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 06-Mar-2021 at 12:48:45.


The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Birmingham (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SP 03438 80247, SP 03530 80299

Reasons for Designation

A burnt mound is an accumulation of burnt (fire-crazed) stones, ash and charcoal, usually sited next to a river or lake. On excavation, some form of trough or basin capable of holding water is normally found in close association with the mound. The size of the mound can vary considerably; small examples may be under 0.5m high and less than 10m in diameter, larger examples may exceed 3m in height and be 35m in diameter. The shape of the mound ranges from circular to crescentic. The associated trough or basin may be found within the body of the mound or, more usually, immediately adjacent to it. At sites which are crescentic in shape the trough is normally found within the `arms' of the crescent and the mound has the appearance of having developed around it. The main phase of use of burnt mounds spans the Early, Middle and Late Bronze Age, a period of around 1000 years. The function of the mounds has been a matter of some debate, but it appears that cooking, using heated stones to boil water in a trough or tank, is the most likely use. Some excavated sites have revealed several phases of construction, indicating that individual sites were used more than once. Burnt mounds are found widely scattered throughout the British Isles, with around 100 examples identified in England. As a rare monument type which provides an insight into life in the Bronze Age, all well-preserved examples will normally be identified as nationally important.

The burnt mounds in Woodlands Park, 540m and 640m west of The Pavilion are well-preserved examples of a pair of mounds located adjacent to a water source. They are expected to preserve evidence for their construction and use, as well as evidence of associated settlement remains and buried land surfaces which will provide important evidence of their relationship to Bronze Age society. In addition, the waterlogged conditions will preserve environmental and organic evidence such as weeds, pollen and seeds which will further understanding of the prehistoric environment surrounding these sites.


The monument includes the known extent of the buried and earthworks remains of two burnt mounds in Woodlands Park. They lie in two areas of protection, located in an area of public open space lying on either side of Woodlands Park Road. The burnt mounds are visible as two deposits of burnt and heat crazed cobbles approximately 70m apart, orientated east to west and located on the banks of a small stream. The mounds are concentrated on both sides of the stream. The easternmost mound is the largest measuring 60m long and approximately 7.5m wide. Its matrix of burnt stones and charcoal 0.5m deep overlying an orange alluvium base as well as a possible pit has been exposed in the banks of the stream. A resistivity and magnotometer survey in 1982 confirmed the extent of the mound. A second smaller mound composed of a thick deposit of stones in black soil lies to the west. It is approximately circular and measures less than 10m in diameter. Carbon 14 dates have confirmed that the burnt mounds are approximately 3000 years old. All modern paths and surfaces are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 5 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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

Legacy System number:
Legacy System:


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.

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].