Information for record number MWA7360:
Burnt Mound NE of Wishaw Hall Farm

Summary The site of a burnt mound, a mound of fire-cracked stones usually associated with a trough or pit. It dated to the Bronze Age and was situated 40m to the east of Wishaw Hall Farm.
What Is It?  
Type: Burnt Mound
Period: Middle Bronze Age - Iron Age (1600 BC - 301 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Wishaw
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 17 95
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 A group of heat shattered pebbles were observed in the topsoil during fieldwalking in October 1980. The site probably lies near an original stream course although there has been much alteration of the drainage here. The same field also produced worked mesolithic flint (WA 7359) and Medieval pottery (WA 7362, WA 55, WA 6124).
2 site of a possible burnt mound indicated by a concentration of cracked stones in the ploughsoil near the northern end of the field.
3 The collection of heat shattered pebbles was associated with the site of one of the ponds (WA 6124) and so could be redeposited material. However, the streamside location would be typical of a Bronze Age burnt mound.
4 Scatter of burnt stones c. 30m diameter in corner of a ploughed field at Wishaw Hall Farm at SP174953.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Sutton Chase (Thesis)
Author/originator: Hodder M A
Date: 1988
Page Number: 262
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Staffs Arch Studies
Author/originator: Hodder M A, Welch C
Date: 1987
Page Number: 23
Volume/Sheet: 4
Source No: 3
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: BNNR, Wishaw Hall Farm
Author/originator: OAU
Date: 1994
Page Number:
Source No: 4
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Burnt Mound Survey at Wishaw Hill Farm
Author/originator: M Hodder
Date: 1980 ish
Page Number:
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period Mesolithic About 10,000 BC to 4001 BC

Mesolithic means 'Middle Stone Age'. It is the period that comes between the Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) and the Neolithic (New Stone Age).

The Mesolithic period is a period of transition from the way people were living during the Palaeolithic period as hunter-gatherers to the development of farming in the Neolithic period.
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period Bronze Age About 2500 BC to 700 BC

The Bronze Age comes after the Neolithic period and before the Iron Age.

The day to day life of people in the Bronze Age probably changed little from how their ancestors had lived during the Neolithic period. They still lived in farmsteads, growing crops and rearing animals.

During the Bronze Age people discovered how to use bronze, an alloy of tin and copper (hence the name that has given to this era). They used it to make their tools and other objects, although they continued to use flint and a range of organic materials as well. A range of bronze axes, palstaves and spears has been found in Warwickshire.
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period Iron Age About 800 BC to 43 AD

The Iron Age comes after the Bronze Age and before the Roman period. It is a time when people developed the skills and knowledge to work and use iron, hence the name ‘Iron Age’ which is given to this period. Iron is a much tougher and more durable metal than bronze but it also requires more skill to make objects from it. People continued to use bronze during this period.
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period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument TROUGH * A narrow, open container, usually where food or water for animals is put. Use specific type where known. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument ARCH * A structure over an opening usually formed of wedge-shaped blocks of brick or stone held together by mutual pressure and supported at the sides; they can also be formed from moulded concrete/ cast metal. A component; use for free-standing structure only. back
monument POND * A body of still water often artificially formed for a specific purpose. Use specifc type where known. back
monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument BURNT MOUND * A mound of fire-cracked stones, normally accompanied by a trough or pit which may have been lined with wood, stone or clay. Assumed to be locations where heated stones were used to boil water primarily for cooking purposes. back
monument STREAM * A natural flow or current of water issuing from a source. back
monument MOUND * A natural or artificial elevation of earth or stones, such as the earth heaped upon a grave. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FARM * A tract of land, often including a farmhouse and ancillary buildings, used for the purpose of cultivation and the rearing of livestock, etc. Use more specific type where known. back

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