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Bowl Barrow 280m ESE of Hall Green House

A Scheduled Monument in Checkley, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9461 / 52°56'45"N

Longitude: -1.9758 / 1°58'32"W

OS Eastings: 401720.796723

OS Northings: 338741.044046

OS Grid: SK017387

Mapcode National: GBR 26P.C88

Mapcode Global: WHBD9.M6BT

Entry Name: Bowl Barrow 280m ESE of Hall Green House

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1967

Last Amended: 19 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008540

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22419

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Checkley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Checkley St Mary and All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a local high point in the Tean
Valley 280m ESE of Hall Green House. It survives as an oval earthen mound up
to 2m high with maximum dimensions of 24.5m by 20m. The barrow is located on
an artificial platform which is 0.1m high and extends a further 5m beyond the
barrow edge. Limited investigation of the mound located pottery sherds, flint
artefacts and a jet ring.

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 limited investigation the bowl barrow 280m ESE of Hall Green House
survives well. This investigation located pottery and artefacts of flint and
jet. Other archaeological remains will exist within the mound and upon the
old landsurface. The location of the barrow on an artificial platform is a
rare and unusual feature.

Source: Historic England


SMR No. 114, Staffs SMR, Round Barrow N of Lower Tean,
To Robinson K D MPPFW, Meeson, RA (County Archaeologist), (1992)

Source: Historic England

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