Bowl barrow on Prior's Holt Hill.

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1007334
Date first listed:
17-Oct-1930
Date of most recent amendment:
15-Sep-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Prior's Holt Hill.
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Location

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 41438 90189

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 being spread by past ploughing, the bowl barrow on Prior's Holt Hill survives well and is a good example of this class of round barrow. It appears to be intact and will retain 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 in this area, and, as such, contributes information relating to the intensity of settlement and the nature of land use in the area during the Bronze Age.

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the saddle between Prior's Holt Hill to the south-east and Synalds Knoll to the north-west. The barrow is visible as a well defined mound of stone and earth construction 14m in diameter and up to 0.8m high. The profile of the mound is flattened and slightly spread suggesting that the barrow has been ploughed at some time in the past. 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
19092
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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