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Bowl barrow 70m north-east of Bincliff Mines

A Scheduled Monument in Waterhouses, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0834 / 53°5'0"N

Longitude: -1.8277 / 1°49'39"W

OS Eastings: 411638.644001

OS Northings: 354035.09785

OS Grid: SK116540

Mapcode National: GBR 47T.LRN

Mapcode Global: WHCDQ.WRVK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 70m north-east of Bincliff Mines

Scheduled Date: 26 November 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008964

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22406

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Waterhouses

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Wetton St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located 70m north-east of Bincliff Mines
just below the crest of a broad ridgetop. It survives as a D-shaped earthen
mound truncated on its extreme south-western side. The mound is up to 1m high
with maximum dimensions of 28m by 22m. Limited antiquarian investigation of
the barrow found charcoal only.
A drystone wall on the barrow's south-western side is excluded from the
scheduling but the ground beneath it is included.

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 limited antiquarian investigation of the monument and past ploughing
that has spread the mound slightly, the bowl barrow 70m north-east of Bincliff
Mine survives well. This investigation located charcoal only, thus largely
undisturbed archaeological deposits will survive within the mound and upon the
old landsurface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861)
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

Source: Historic England

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