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Bowl barrow 160m north of Mellin-y-Grogue

A Scheduled Monument in Beguildy (Bugeildy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.3868 / 52°23'12"N

Longitude: -3.1293 / 3°7'45"W

OS Eastings: 323240.898502

OS Northings: 277129.3194

OS Grid: SO232771

Mapcode National: GBR B1.QL8M

Mapcode Global: VH68Z.Q81M

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 160m north of Mellin-y-Grogue

Scheduled Date: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016659

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32281

County: Powys

Community: Beguildy (Bugeildy)

Traditional County: Shropshire


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl
barrow located on a south west facing slope overlooking the Crochen
Brook valley. It is one of several barrows situated within the valley of the
River Teme.
The barrow includes an earth and gravel mound up to 3m high with a diameter of
approximately 30m. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from
which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow, surrounds
the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried
feature, approximately 3m 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

The bowl barrow 160m north of Mellin-y-Grogue is a particularly well-preserved
example of this class of monument. The barrow mound will retain evidence for
its method of construction as well as the burial or burials within it. These
remains will advance our understanding of Bronze Age society, including the
ritual practices and technical abilities of the people who constructed the
barrow. The accumulated ditch fills will preserve environmental evidence for
activities which took place at the site during the construction of the barrow,
and its subsequent use. In addition, the buried ground surface beneath the
mound will preserve evidence for the prehistoric landscape in which the barrow
was built. Located overlooking the Crochen Brook valley, it is a clearly
visible landmark.

Source: Historic England

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