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Bowl barrow on Toot Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Sutton, Cheshire East

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2443 / 53°14'39"N

Longitude: -2.0454 / 2°2'43"W

OS Eastings: 397069.611451

OS Northings: 371924.583934

OS Grid: SJ970719

Mapcode National: GBR GZ4X.ZQ

Mapcode Global: WHBBQ.KQ75

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Toot Hill

Scheduled Date: 28 November 1957

Last Amended: 18 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008299

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23612

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Sutton

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Rainow Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located on the south-western edge of the summit
plateau of Toot Hill. It includes an oval mound of earth and stones up to 0.7m
high with maximum dimensions of 9.7m by 8m. At the barrow's centre is a
gritstone slab measuring 0.6m wide by 8cm thick and standing 0.45m 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.

Despite the erection of a stone slab at the monument's centre, the bowl barrow
on Toot Hill survives reasonably well. It will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1567, Cheshire SMR, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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