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List entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Robin Hood's Tump bowl barrow

List entry Number: 1011120

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Cheshire EastUnitary AuthorityAlpraham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 12-Feb-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Sep-1993

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22593

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

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.

Despite limited excavation of the monument, Robin Hood's Tump bowl barrow survives reasonably well. This excavation located worked flint within the mound and also indicated that the monument is a rare example of a bowl barrow having evidence for earlier occupation preserved beneath it.

History

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Details

The monument is Robin Hood's Tump bowl barrow. It is located on a broad, low ridge adjacent to a right-angled turn of Vale Road and includes a flat-topped sand and turf mound 17m in diameter and 1.5m high. Limited excavation during the 1930's located 12 worked flints within the mound. Two pits, one at the northern edge of the barrow and the other close to the centre, together with a line of 4 post holes dug into the buried landsurface, have been attributed to pre-barrow occupation.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Varley, W J, 'Trans Lancs and Chesh Antiq Soc' in , , Vol. 50, (1935), 97
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Survey Card, Longley, D and Brown, R et al, (1978)

National Grid Reference: SJ 57475 59937

Map


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