Bowl barrow on Minton Hill, 170m ENE of Yapsel Well.


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007346

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Sep-1993


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Minton Hill, 170m ENE of Yapsel Well.
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Church Stretton

National Grid Reference: SO 41450 91923


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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.

Although the barrow on the summit of Minton Hill has been subjected to some limited disturbance by past exploration, it remains a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain primary archaeological deposits and environmental evidence sealed on the old land surface beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments that survive on The Long Mynd and, as such, contributes to an understanding of the intensity of settlement and nature of land-use in this area of upland during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a substantial round barrow situated on the summit of Minton Hill. The barrow is visible as a circular, well defined stony mound, 16m in diameter and 1m high. The flattened summit of the mound has been disturbed by exploration at some time in the past creating a central hollow 2m in diameter and 0.3m deep. Although no longer discernible as a surface feature, 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.


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Legacy System number: 19104

Legacy System: RSM

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