Bowl barrow at Misterton

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008541

Date first listed: 24-Jul-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow at Misterton
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough (District Authority)

Parish: Misterton with Walcote

National Grid Reference: SP 56077 83894

Summary

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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.

The site at Misterton is a rare example in Leicestershire of an earthwork barrow.

History

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Details

The monument at Misterton includes an earthen barrow located 1.5m east of Lutterworth and situated largely within a cultivated field but also partly within a domestic garden.

The bowl barrow mound is roughly circular, about 40m in diameter following plough spread, and is approximately 1m high within the cultivated field. Aerial photography has shown the site to possess a surrounding ditch, although this is not visible as an earthwork. A Prehistoric flint implement was found adjacent to the site during archaeological field-walking. A second barrow lies to the south but does not survive well and is not included in the scheduling.

A domestic garden shed is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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: 17086

Legacy System: RSM

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