Two Bowl Barrows in Shipley Bottom
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County Council (Unitary)
SE229229 (422893, 178550)
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Two Bronze Age bowl barrows are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. Both barrows have since been ploughed and are now only visible as cropmarks. Whilst still earthworks they were surveyed. Liddington 1b is a barrow of 25m in diameter and stood to a height of 0.7m. Excavation here by Passmore in 1893 revealed a primary cremation with part of an incense cup. Liddington 1c, which is situated to the immediate east of Liddington 1b, measures 22m in diameter by 18m, being oval in shape. It stood to a height of 0.6m. To the north of the barrows a cropmark of a ditch extends for 105m in an east to west orientation, before making a sharp turn south for a further 25m, partly enclosing the barrows. The eastern end of the ditch is crossed in a 'T' fashion by another 30m section of ditch. These sections of ditch are probably unrelated to both the barrows and may form part of a later enclosure.
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