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Bowl barrow 320m south of Pitcholds

A Scheduled Monument in More, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5277 / 52°31'39"N

Longitude: -2.9902 / 2°59'24"W

OS Eastings: 332917.587022

OS Northings: 292665.4328

OS Grid: SO329926

Mapcode National: GBR B6.FY85

Mapcode Global: VH75R.4Q1M

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 320m south of Pitcholds

Scheduled Date: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016661

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32285

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: More

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: More

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl
barrow situated on level ground at the top of a west-facing slope, above a
watercourse known as the Camlad. From the top of this rise the ground also
slopes gently to the north. There are extensive views of the surrounding
countryside from the monument, and to the west the barrow is overlooked by
Roveries Hill Camp, an Iron Age hillfort, which is the subject of a separate
The barrow mound is of earth and stone construction. It is about 19m in
diameter and survives to a height of 1m. 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
survives as a buried feature approximately 3m wide.

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

The bowl barrow 320m south of Pitcholds is a well-preserved example of this
class of monument. The barrow mound will retain evidence for its method of
construction as well as the burial or burials within it. These remains will
advance our understanding of Bronze Age society, including the ritual
practices and technical abilities of the people who constructed the barrow.
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 prehistoric landscape in which the barrow
was built.

Source: Historic England

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