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Bowl barrow on Toot Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Uttoxeter Rural, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.884 / 52°53'2"N

Longitude: -1.8507 / 1°51'2"W

OS Eastings: 410140.389512

OS Northings: 331844.620979

OS Grid: SK101318

Mapcode National: GBR 38Z.0YL

Mapcode Global: WHCFP.JRXY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Toot Hill

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 19 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008710

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22421

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Uttoxeter Rural

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Uttoxeter St Mary Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a hill top on the north-east
side of a plateau 150m north of Forest View. It survives as a flat-topped
oval earthen mound up to 2.3m high with maximum dimensions of 27.5m by 23m.
Limited antiquarian investigation of the barrow located pottery sherds
identified as a collared urn and a Roman storage jar, and a number of flint

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 antiquarian investigation the bowl barrow on Toot Hill
survives well. This investigation located pottery dating to Prehistoric and
Roman periods and confirmed this monument as a rare example in Staffordshire
of a bowl barrow re-used in Roman times. Further evidence of interments and
grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)
Simms, RS, AM7 Round Barrow on Toot Hill, (1965)
SMR No. 144, Staffs SMR, Round Barrow on Toot Hill,

Source: Historic England

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