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

A Scheduled Monument in Myndtown, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.4997 / 52°29'59"N

Longitude: -2.8896 / 2°53'22"W

OS Eastings: 339703.508829

OS Northings: 289465.053035

OS Grid: SO397894

Mapcode National: GBR BB.HR7W

Mapcode Global: VH75Z.VFQK

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

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 20 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007335

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19093

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Myndtown

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Myndtown with Norbury

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


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.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 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.

Source: Historic England

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