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Bowl barrow on Synald's Knoll, 520m SSE of the Midland Gliding clubhouse.

A Scheduled Monument in Myndtown, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5138 / 52°30'49"N

Longitude: -2.8786 / 2°52'42"W

OS Eastings: 340471.133133

OS Northings: 291022.035341

OS Grid: SO404910

Mapcode National: GBR BC.GMZF

Mapcode Global: VH760.221Q

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Synald's Knoll, 520m SSE of the Midland Gliding clubhouse.

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 15 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007348

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19106

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 on the broad
plateau of Synald's Knoll. The barrow is visible as a circular earthen mound
18m in diameter and up to 0.6m high. The original profile appears to have been
altered at some time in the past so that the north side is stepped, while the
south, east and west sides flatten into the surrounding land surface. 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 with the passage of time though it 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 bowl barrow on Synald's Knoll survives well and
is a good example of this class of round barrow. It will retain primary
archaeological deposits and environmental evidence from the old land surface
sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such
monuments on The Long Mynd and, as such, contributes information relating to
the settlement density and land-use of this area of upland during the Bronze

Source: Historic England

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