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Bowl barrow on Round Hill, 200m west of The Napp

A Scheduled Monument in Worthen with Shelve, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5878 / 52°35'16"N

Longitude: -2.962 / 2°57'43"W

OS Eastings: 334921.334869

OS Northings: 299327.352871

OS Grid: SO349993

Mapcode National: GBR B7.B5FG

Mapcode Global: WH8C9.G6RX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Round Hill, 200m west of The Napp

Scheduled Date: 5 December 1928

Last Amended: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016669

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32294

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Worthen with Shelve

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Hope

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 summit of Round Hill where the ground
slopes gently away to the north, east and south. From this location there are
extensive views of the surrounding countryside, notably The Stiperstones to
the east and the undulating lowlands to the north.
The barrow at The Napp, 200m to the east, is also clearly visible from this
location, and is the subject of a separate scheduling.
The barrow mound, which is of earth and stone construction, is about 30m in
diameter and survives to a height of 2.5m. 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 on Round Hill is a particularly 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 its builders. 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. The prominent
position of the monument makes it a clearly visible landmark.

Source: Historic England

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