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Round cairn on Titterstone Clee Hill, 440m north west of The Blue Stone Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Hopton Wafers, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.4006 / 52°24'2"N

Longitude: -2.5768 / 2°34'36"W

OS Eastings: 360853.82653

OS Northings: 278219.60116

OS Grid: SO608782

Mapcode National: GBR BR.PY1V

Mapcode Global: VH840.9X3L

Entry Name: Round cairn on Titterstone Clee Hill, 440m north west of The Blue Stone Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010312

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19149

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Hopton Wafers

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Cleeton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument includes the remains of a round cairn situated in open moorland
on the north east slope of Titterstone Clee Hill. The cairn remains visible as
a well defined, circular and turf covered, stony mound 9.5m in diameter and
0.5m high. There is no trace of a surrounding ditch, from which the material
would have been quarried for the construction of the mound, though one will
survive as a buried feature estimated as 1m wide. It is considered to be a
burial cairn because of its regularity of form, obvious antiquity and false
crest location.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
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 cairn on the north east facing slope of Titterstone Clee Hill
survives well and is a good example of its class. It will contain valuable
archaeological evidence relating to its construction and environmental
evidence, relating to the landscape in which it was constructed, will survive
sealed on the old land surface beneath the mound. It is one of several such
monuments which occur on Titterstone Clee Hill 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.

Source: Historic England

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