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Bowl barrow on Maer Hills

A Scheduled Monument in Maer, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9545 / 52°57'16"N

Longitude: -2.3284 / 2°19'42"W

OS Eastings: 378034.955097

OS Northings: 339735.20922

OS Grid: SJ780397

Mapcode National: GBR 03D.L5F

Mapcode Global: WH9BT.6ZHV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Maer Hills

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009345

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22433

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Maer

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Maer St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on Maer Hills on the southern edge
of a ridge overlooking a steep escarpment. It survives as a slightly
mutilated oval earthen mound up to 1.7m high with maximum dimensions of 17m by
Limited investigation at the barrow's centre failed to locate any burials.

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 investigation of the monument's centre the bowl barrow on Maer
Hills survives reasonably well. Undisturbed archaeological deposits will
survive within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Bemrose, G J V, (Trans N Staffs F C - Vol 73), Trans N Staffs F C, (1939)
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)
SMR No 477, Staffs SMR, Mound - Maer Hill,

Source: Historic England

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