Bowl barrow on the southern end of The Long Mynd, 630m east of Myndtown.


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007335

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Oct-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on the southern end of The Long Mynd, 630m east of Myndtown.
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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 39704 89465


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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 disturbance, the barrow 630m east of Myndtown survives well as a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain primary archaeological deposits and environmental evidence sealed beneath the mound on the old land surface and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments in this area and, as such, contributes valuable information relating to the intensity of settlement and the nature of land-use in the area during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow situated in a false crest position overlooking the steep western scarp of The Long Mynd. The barrow is visible as a well defined, slightly oval stony mound, 17.4 north-west to south-east by 15.2m transversely and standing up to 0.9m high. The summit of the mound has been disturbed and hollowed to a depth of 0.6m by exploration at some time in the past. Although no longer visible as a surface feature, a ditch, from which material for the monument 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.


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Legacy System number: 19093

Legacy System: RSM

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