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Eastern bowl barrow at Knights Low

A Scheduled Monument in Lyme Handley, Cheshire East

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3311 / 53°19'52"N

Longitude: -2.0544 / 2°3'15"W

OS Eastings: 396471.017814

OS Northings: 381579.369681

OS Grid: SJ964815

Mapcode National: GBR GY3X.0L

Mapcode Global: WHBBB.DJXN

Entry Name: Eastern bowl barrow at Knights Low

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007382

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22581

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Lyme Handley

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Disley St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located on a gently sloping valley side in
Knightslow Wood. It includes a circular earthen mound 7m in diameter and 0.6m
high.

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.

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
protection.

The bowl barrow in Knightslow Wood survives reasonably well. It is not known
to have been excavated and will therefore retain undisturbed archaeological
deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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