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Bowl barrow 390m south east of Stanley Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Lydbury North, Shropshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4458 / 52°26'44"N

Longitude: -2.9762 / 2°58'34"W

OS Eastings: 333744.447071

OS Northings: 283538.993602

OS Grid: SO337835

Mapcode National: GBR B7.M1XM

Mapcode Global: VH764.CSFF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 390m south east of Stanley Cottage

Scheduled Date: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016664

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32288

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Lydbury North

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Clunbury with Clunton

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

Details

The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl
barrow situated at the top of a rise with the ground sloping to the east and
south. From this location there are extensive views of the surrounding
countryside, especially to the north and east, and to the west from where the
hillfort of Bury Ditches is clearly visible.
The mound is of earth and stone construction, about 24m in diameter and
survives to a height of 1.3m. 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
buried feature approximately 3m wide.

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.

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
protection.

The bowl barrow 390m south east of Stanley Cottage 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 of
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. The prominent position of the monument makes it a clearly visible
landmark.

Source: Historic England

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