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Bowl barrow 500m north of The Oak Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Clun, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.4314 / 52°25'53"N

Longitude: -3.0547 / 3°3'16"W

OS Eastings: 328387.049233

OS Northings: 282019.471534

OS Grid: SO283820

Mapcode National: GBR B4.MSQS

Mapcode Global: VH769.04GW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m north of The Oak Farm

Scheduled Date: 6 January 1971

Last Amended: 4 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010314

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19162

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Clun

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Clun

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a low rise north of the River
Clun. Although much reduced by past ploughing, it survives as a low mound 25m
north to south by 20m transversely standing up to 0.3m high. Although no
longer visible as a surface feature, a ditch, from which the material was
quarried for the construction of the barrow, surrounds the mound and has an
estimated width of 2m.

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

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

Despite being reduced by ploughing, the bowl barrow 500m north of The Oak Farm
remains a good example of its class and will retain its primary deposits
intact. The monument will retain archaeological evidence relating to the
construction of the barrow and its subsequent use, and environmental evidence
relating to the landscape in which it was constructed. It is one of a group of
similar monuments occurring in this vicinity which contribute information
relating to the land use, social structure and burial practices of the
prehistoric community occupying this area during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England

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