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Bowl barrow 540m north-east of Beechenhill

A Scheduled Monument in Ilam, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0737 / 53°4'25"N

Longitude: -1.8043 / 1°48'15"W

OS Eastings: 413206.02773

OS Northings: 352963.344917

OS Grid: SK132529

Mapcode National: GBR 481.6NB

Mapcode Global: WHCDR.8Z1Z

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 540m north-east of Beechenhill

Scheduled Date: 21 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009342

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22428

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Ilam

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Ilam

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located close to the north-western end of
a broad ridgetop 540m north-east of Beechenhill. It survives as a slightly
oval earthen mound up to 1.5m high with maximum dimensions of 23m by 22m. The
monument is not known to have been excavated.

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.

The monument is a rare survival in the Peak District of an unexcavated example
of this class of monument. It will contain undisturbed archaeological
deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill, T C, Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), 1988,
SMR No 2451, Staffs SMR, Mound North East of Beechenhill, Ilam, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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