Information for record number MWA6349:
Burnt Mound 60m NE of Blind Lane, Aspley Heath.

Summary The site of a burnt mound dating to the Prehistoric period. It is located 900m south west of Tanworth in Arden.
What Is It?  
Type: Burnt Mound
Period: Middle Bronze Age - Iron Age (1600 BC - 301 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Tanworth in Arden
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 10 70
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 The site, when visited, comprised a layer of angular quartzite pebbles within a dark soil matrix, revealed as an exposure in the SE bank of the River Alne. The pebbles display signs of heat fracture. It seems likely that this site is similar to the excavated Burnt Mounds of the south Birmingham area, and could be Bronze Age in date.
2 Correspondence.
3 The proposed route of a pipe line was changed in 1990 to take account of this and adjacent monuments. The actual pipeline, upslope from the mound, was observed during construction, no features or finds of archaeological interest were recovered.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Correspondence
Title: Burnt mound near Tanworth in Arden
Author/originator: Nixon M
Date: 1989
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Observation Report
Title: Birmingham Airport Link
Author/originator: Wessex Archaeology
Date: 1992
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Notes from Site Visit
Author/originator: Hodgson J C
Date: 1989
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period Prehistoric About 500,000 BC to 42 AD

The Prehistoric period covers all the periods from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Iron Age.
This is a time when people did not write anything down so there is no documentary evidence for archaeologists to look at. Instead, the archaeologists look at the material culture belonging to the people and the places where they lived for clues about their way of life.

The Prehistoric period is divided into the Early Prehistoric and Later Prehistoric.
The Early Prehistoric period covers the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods.
The Later Prehistoric period covers Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age times.
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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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monument LAYER * An archaeological unit of soil in a horizontal plane which may seal features or be cut through by other features. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. 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 PIPELINE * A conduit or pipes, used primarily for conveying petroleum from oil wells to a refinery, or for supplying water to a town or district, etc. back
monument SIGN * A board, wall painting or other structure displaying advice, giving information or directions 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 AIRPORT * A site, including an airfield and customs house, where air passengers embark and disembark. back

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