Bowl barrow 80m north-west of OS trig pillar on Synald's Knoll.


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007333

Date first listed: 20-Oct-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 80m north-west of OS trig pillar on Synald's Knoll.
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Myndtown

National Grid Reference: SO 40331 90237

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 some limited disturbance, the barrow 80m north-west of the OS trig pillar on Synalds Knoll, survives well and is a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain primary archaeological deposits and environmental evidence from the old land surface sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments on the Long Mynd which, when considered together, contribute important information on the early settlement and land use of this area of upland during the Bronze Age.


The monument includes the remains of a substantial bowl barrow situated in a prominent position immediately below the summit of Synald's Knoll. The barrow is visible as a well defined stony mound with a diameter of 15.5m and stands up to 1.2m high. The summit of the mound is flattened and has been disturbed by exploration at some time in the past creating a central depression 0.3m deep. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature some 2m wide.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 19091

Legacy System: RSM

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