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