Bowl barrow on Round Hill, 650m south-east of the site of Pole Cottage.
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
- Church Stretton
- National Grid Reference:
- SO 41577 93312
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
Despite some slight disturbance the barrow 650m south-east of the site of Pole Cottage survives well and is 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 which occur on The Long Mynd and, as such, contributes information relating to the land-use and intensity of settlement of this area of upland during the Bronze Age.
The monument includes the remains of a substantial bowl barrow situated on a
flat topped hill. The barrow is visible as a well defined circular mound of
stone and earth construction 19m in diameter and up to 1.2m high. The summit
of the mound is uneven, suggesting that it may have been disturbed at some
time in the past, and there is a shallow hollow 0.2m deep at its centre. A
trackway encroaches on the rim of the barrow along the north-east edge of the
mound and has exposed the fabric revealing a construction of closely packed
stones. Although no longer visible 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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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.
End of official listing