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Saucer barrow on Spring Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Berkswich, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7847 / 52°47'4"N

Longitude: -2.0362 / 2°2'10"W

OS Eastings: 397656.188152

OS Northings: 320788.236778

OS Grid: SJ976207

Mapcode National: GBR 28K.G16

Mapcode Global: WHBF1.P8LK

Entry Name: Saucer barrow on Spring Hill

Scheduled Date: 21 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009312

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22423

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Berkswich

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Berkswich Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument consists of a saucer barrow located at the south-eastern end of
the summit of Spring Hill. It includes an oval earthen mound up to 0.5m high
with maximum dimensions of 20.5m by 17m. Surrounding the mound on all sides
except the south-east is a bank and ditch; the ditch is 1.7m wide and up to
0.3m deep, the bank measures 4.7m wide and is 0.3m high. The monument is not
known to have been excavated. A concrete post embedded in the mound is
included in the scheduling because its removal would cause disturbance to the
archaeological remains.

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

Saucer barrows are funerary monuments of the Early Bronze Age, most examples
dating to between 1800 and l200 BC. They occur either in isolation or in
barrow cemeteries (closely-spaced groups of round barrows). They were
constructed as a circular area of level ground defined by a bank and internal
ditch and largely occupied by a single low, squat mound covering one or more
burials, usually in a pit. The burials, either inhumations or cremations, are
sometimes accompanied by pottery vessels, tools and personal ornaments. Saucer
barrows are one of the rarest recognised forms of round barrow, with about 60
known examples nationally, most of which are in Wessex. The presence of grave
goods within the barrows provides important evidence for chronological and
cultural links amongst prehistoric communities over a wide area of southern
England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social
organisation. As a rare and fragile form of round barrow, all identified
saucer barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.

Despite erosion to the bank and ditch caused by landslip on the monument's
south-east side, the saucer barrow on Spring Hill survives well. It is a rare
example of this class of monument found beyond southern England and will
contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Fancy Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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