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Bowl barrow south of Stanshope Pasture

A Scheduled Monument in Alstonefield, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.0803 / 53°4'48"N

Longitude: -1.7946 / 1°47'40"W

OS Eastings: 413857.653869

OS Northings: 353691.396149

OS Grid: SK138536

Mapcode National: GBR 47V.WMZ

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.DTPZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow south of Stanshope Pasture

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1965

Last Amended: 11 November 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009083

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13531

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Alstonefield

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Alstonfield St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on a hilltop at the south-eastern
end of Stanshope Pasture ridge. The site is that of a rocky knoll which has
been modified and added to and which now survives as an oval mound up to 2.3m
high with maximum dimensions of 16.5m by 14m. The barrow possesses steep sides
and has been disturbed on its southern side by a series of pits dug by
antiquarian investigators from the edge of the mound to the centre. These
limited investigations located two inhumations, 5 cremations, a cist, pottery,
flint and bone artefacts.

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 of the monument's southern side the
bowl barrow south of Stanshope Pasture survives well. These investigations
located human and faunal remains together with pottery and flint artefacts and
further similar evidence of interments and grave goods will survive within the
barrow and upon the old land surface.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Bateman, , Ten Years Digging (1861), (1861), 142
Bateman, T, Vestiges of the Antiquities of Derbyshire, (1849), 86
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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