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Bowl barrow 350m south-west of Merryton Low

A Scheduled Monument in Onecote, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.1432 / 53°8'35"N

Longitude: -1.9416 / 1°56'29"W

OS Eastings: 403999.993435

OS Northings: 360677.33704

OS Grid: SK039606

Mapcode National: GBR 35K.V8P

Mapcode Global: WHBCC.48P5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m south-west of Merryton Low

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008974

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22415

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Onecote

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Onecote St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located in a slight col 350m south-west of
Merryton Low. It survives as a flat-topped slightly oval earthen mound up to
0.8m high with maximum dimensions of 12m by 11m. There is a sub-rectangular
pit measuring 5m by 3m and up to 0.3m deep east of centre. The monument is
not known to have been excavated.

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 minor surface disturbance the bowl barrow 350m south-west of Merryton
Low survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival in the Peak District of
an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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