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Bowl barrow 1km south east of Hopton Bank

A Scheduled Monument in Mainstone, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.4924 / 52°29'32"N

Longitude: -3.1245 / 3°7'28"W

OS Eastings: 323746.458502

OS Northings: 288865.496222

OS Grid: SO237888

Mapcode National: GBR B1.J1DJ

Mapcode Global: VH68D.SMK7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 1km south east of Hopton Bank

Scheduled Date: 2 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016662

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32286

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Mainstone

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Mainstone

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl
barrow situated on level ground on the top of a prominent ridge from which
there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside.
The barrow mound is of earthen construction and is about 29m in diameter and
1.4m high. 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 1km south east of Hopton Bank is a 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 the
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 of the prehistoric landscape in which the barrow
was built. The prominent position of the monument makes it a clearly visible

Source: Historic England

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